Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a popular form of the dental prosthesis process that allows Dr. Whitney to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Tooth loss may be due to decay, an accident, or the decision to pull a tooth can no longer be saved. All of you teeth play an important role in speaking and maintaining the alignment of each other. Fortunately, dental bridges are a great option for restoring your smile.

Dental Bridge Options

A bridge is used to replace missing teeth by attaching an artificial tooth or teeth to the adjacent natural teeth. Dental bridges are permanently attached using dental cement. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

Why do I need a bridge?

Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. Simply put, without a dental bridge or other prostheses, your cheeks and gums will recede as they are no longer required in the area where the loss has occurred. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks preventing the sunken-faced appearance that can result from a tooth loss.

Another reason to get a bridge is to protect your remaining teeth and gums. Teeth are designed to support each other and work together to allow for the normal consumption of food and speech. Missing teeth leaves you open to infections and diseases when not replaced promptly. This can lead to further tooth loss as the stress placed on the remaining teeth and gums surrounding them often leads to other teeth failing as well. Missing teeth can also cause speech disorders, as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly. A dental bridge is a simple way to prevent these issues and is a solution that can be custom made for your mouth.

How is a bridge attached?

The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Paul Whitney will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a layer of the enamel and dentin. Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing teeth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be fabricated. Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic, or false tooth, will replace the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge. The pontic, or false tooth, is fabricated between two crowns to create a bridge.

What materials are used?

Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, zirconia, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal. If you’ve suffered a tooth loss and are suffering from complications, or are simply looking to fix a more recent injury, call Country Club Dental today to schedule a consultation, and we will be happy to speak with you.

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