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Dental Bridges

All of your teeth play a crucial role in chewing, speaking and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss does not always have to occur as you grow older, but in case you lose your teeth they need to be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Thankfully, there are choices for fixing tooth loss.

Dental Bridge Options

A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth – attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, known as abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they could be removable.

Fixed bridges are used by either placing crowns on the abutment tooth or by bonding the artificial tooth straight to the abutment tooth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth by precision attachments and with metallic clasps.

When you are missing one or more teeth, you might be aware of their importance to your dental health as well as appearance. Your teeth work together for several daily functions from speaking to eating. With missing teeth, it is hard to do these things. Missing teeth can and must be replaced. Fixed bridges are an excellent way to restore your appearance and dental health.

What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that fills the gap where teeth are not present. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges could be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges provide more stability as compared to their removable counterparts..

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Why do I need a dental bridge?

Oral appearance and functionality are critical factors for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth can cause your face to look older and your mouth to sink.

Dental health is considered to be the most essential reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement one another. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums along with other oral tissues when teeth are causing a number of potentially damaging disorders, missing.

Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.

Missing teeth may cause speech disorders since they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

How is a dental bridge attached?

The attachment process typically requires 2 or 3 appointments to complete. At the first appointment Dr. Thurm will prepare the tooth on each side of the gap by removing a portion of dentin and enamel.
Since the bridge should be fabricated very precisely ensuring correct bite as well as to match the opposing teeth, impressions of the teeth are taken and delivered to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are generally cemented to the teeth next to the space left by the missing teeth. A false tooth (pontic) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, that are cemented onto the natural teeth, offer support to the bridge.

What materials are used for dental bridges?

Bridges could be constructed from porcelain, non-precious alloys, or gold alloys or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is usually bonded to either non-precious or precious metal.

How do I take care of my bridge?

A strict regimen of flossing and brushing will keep the surrounding teeth and the bridge thoroughly clean. This’s of vital importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.