All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t always occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they need to be replaced. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
Bridge — A device used to replace missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth or abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of just how important they are to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions like eating and speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore dental health and appearance.
Why do I need a bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge lends support to your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink in and your face look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth are designed to help each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the most significant side effects of missing teeth and can be negated with the use of a bridge. Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
How is a bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Guess will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Since the bridge must be made with a high degree of precision, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic, false tooth, replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are placed on the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to some type of metal, either precious or non-precious.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is critical because the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.