All your teeth are important and they help you in speaking, chewing your food, and maintaining the correct alignment of other teeth. It is not necessary to lose your teeth as you age, but if that happens then you must replace them to ensure smooth functioning of your oral cavity. Fortunately, we provide many options for correcting your issues of tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A bridge — A dental bridge is a device that can replace your missing teeth. It requires the attachment of artificial teeth to abutment teeth. Bridges can be permanently attached(fixed dental bridges) or removable.
Fixed bridges are installed by either placing dental crowns on your abutment teeth or by directly bonding the artificial teeth to the abutment teeth. Metal clasps or accurate attachments are used to secure detachable dental bridges to the teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you probably know how important they are to your overall appearance and well-being. Your teeth work together to perform many regular duties, such as eating and speaking. It is difficult to do these things when your teeth are missing. Hence, missing teeth must be replaced at all costs. Fixed dental bridges are an excellent method to restore your appearance and improve your oral hygiene.
What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?
A dental bridge (fixed partial denture) is a dental device that fills the space left by missing teeth. Fixed bridges are permanently bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentist. Removable bridges, as the name suggests, can be easily detached and cleaned. Fixed bridges provide more stability than removable ones.
Why do I need a bridge?
Wearing a bridge is important for both proper functioning as well as your appearance. A bridge provides support for your lips and cheeks. When you lose a back tooth, your facial muscles may sink making you appear older than your age.
The most important reason to opt for dental bridges is good oral health. Teeth were created to support one another. Missing teeth cause unnecessary stress on the gums and other oral tissues leading to several serious illnesses.
One of the most serious side effects of tooth loss is an increased risk of suffering from periodontal disease, which can be reduced with a dental bridge.
Missing teeth can lead to speech disorders as well since our teeth help us to make the sounds we use to speak fluently.
How is a bridge attached?
The procedure to attach the bridges usually requires two or three dental appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Nash will start preparing the teeth on either side of the empty space by discarding a part of the enamel and dentin.
Impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the lab since the bridge must be made accurately to ensure proper bite alignment and to match the opposing tooth as well. Your bridge is constructed at the dental lab.
Fixed bridges are usually secured to your original teeth adjacent to the empty area left by your missing tooth. The missing tooth is replaced by a pontic (false tooth). The bridge is supported by crowns, which are cemented onto your natural teeth.
What materials are used?
Gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a mixture of all these materials can be used to build dental bridges. Porcelain is also bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.
How do I take care of my bridge?
Brushing and flossing on a regular basis will keep the bridge and neighboring teeth clean. This is important because the bridge relies on your adjacent teeth for support and stability.