A BRIDGE MAY BE USED TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH, HELP MAINTAIN THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE, AND ALLEVIATE STRESS ON YOUR BITE.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is then bonded to surrounding teeth for support.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation–the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL BRIDGES
Dental bridges have many benefits, including:
They help restore your smile
Help maintain the shape of your face
Prevent your remaining teeth from drifting apart and out of their normal position
They restore your natural ability to chew and speak properly
By replacing your missing teeth, they properly distribute the forces in your bite
PROCESS FOR GETTING A BRIDGE
During your first visit, one of our dentists will prepare your abutment teeth. Then, we make impressions of your teeth. These impressions serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made. We will prepare a temporary bridge for you to wear so you can protect your teeth and gums while your permanent bridge is being created.
For your following visit, we will remove your temporary bridge and adjust your new bridge accordingly for the best fit. If needed, we will temporarily cement your bridge in place and after a few weeks you will return for us to permanently cement your bridge in place.
WILL MY BRIDGE AFFECT HOW I SPEAK?
If you are missing teeth, you may notice it is harder to speak clearly. A properly placed dental bridge will help you speak more clearly.
IS IT EASIER TO EAT WITH A BRIDGE?
Yes. A bridge should make it easier for you to eat food. Shortly after your bridge is placed, stick to eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces until you become accustomed to the new bridge.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROPERLY CARE FOR MY BRIDGE?
Keeping your remaining teeth healthy and as strong as possible is important. A bridge is dependent on the foundation of the surrounding teeth. If the surrounding teeth weaken, then your bridge may be affected by this. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash regularly. This will help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease which can lead to tooth loss. Our team can show you how to properly take care of your bridge and remaining teeth. Keep up with your regular dental exams to prevent minor issues turning into serious complications.
HOW LONG WILL MY BRIDGE LAST?
A dental bridge typically lasts anywhere from five to fifteen years. Sometimes they last even longer. Keeping up with your oral hygiene and showing up to your dentist for regular check-ups may help extend the life of your bridge.