A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is use to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. The bridge will restore functionality and help to preserve the shape of your face. The teeth in our mouths are designed to work together, as a cohesive system. The loss of one tooth can result in the surrounding teeth tilting or even drifting into the now vacated space. If a replacement is not set in place, it can take a toll on your bite. It can also place strain on your remaining teeth and potentially result in damage and discomfort.
At Atlantic Dentistry we offer several tooth replacement options, including the dental bridge.
Understanding Dental Bridges
The dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance that is used to bridge the gap between two healthy teeth or implants. The bridge will restore functionality and aesthetics. The supportive teeth will need to be healthy and strong enough to provide the needed support for the prosthetic. Crowns are quite often used to reinforce these teeth so that they can stand up to the additional bite forces they will be subjected to.
Implant Supported Bridges
In the event that there are no healthy teeth to support the bridge, dental implants may be used. The dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. A key benefit to the dental implant is that it will not put extra strain on surrounding teeth. There will need to be sufficient bone for the implant to bond with. A bone graft may otherwise be the recommended next step.
Materials Used In Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can be found made from metals, ceramics, or some type of combination of both. The type of bridge that is best for your needs will depend on factors that are unique to your dental wellness. Our dentist will discuss your options during your consultation.
Placing The Fixed Bridge
The placement of a bridge generally takes more than one visit to the office. At your first appointment, our dentist will prepare the supporting teeth. This may involve using crowns to reinforce them.
Impressions will be made of the supporting teeth and of the gap that is being bridged. This information will be relayed to the laboratory, where the bridge will be made. While the bridge is being made, our dentist may put a temporary bridge in place in order to offer protection for the prepared teeth.
Once the permanent bridge is ready for placement, it will be fitted and adjusted as needed. It will then be cemented to the prepared supportive teeth.
Caring For A Dental Bridge
A dental bridge does require some additional care. It can fail if the right care plan is not followed. The supporting teeth and the jawbone itself can be potentially damaged by decay or disease. Always brush around and under the bridge and be sure to use an alcohol-free mouthwash to rinse away any remaining debris. Be sure to maintain a schedule of routine visits to our dentist, for a checkup and professional cleaning.
Restore your smile and replace missing teeth, with an appointment at Atlantic Dentistry. Set an appointment that will work with your busy schedule.
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