If you are completely missing one or more teeth, the dentist may recommend a dental bridge which can help to replace the gap where the missing tooth is present. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can cause bad bites. Bridges can help prevent such things from happening. Bridges are incredibly common in the dental field and can last for years with good maintenance and proper oral hygiene practices. Because of the benefits of dental bridges, they are often preferred to more than more invasive procedures.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is comprised of several false teeth in one prosthetic appliance and attaches to the remaining healthy teeth surrounding a gap. This creates a bridge across the area missing teeth. Most often, there will be two abutment teeth on either side of a pontic (area where missing tooth is present). The abutments on the bridge hold the pontic in place so that it can properly replace the missing teeth and create a seamless look to the smile. If properly cared for dental bridges last for years without needing to be replaced or re-cemented, so they are a permanent option for those wanting to restore their smile’s beauty.
When is it needed?
A dental bridge is often recommended to those who have one or more missing teeth. You have several options available to you when you are missing a tooth completely. You can either choose to have dental implants placed, which involves surgery. You can have a partial denture created for you which is removable. Your next option is a dental bridge, which can be custom-fitted to your mouth and permanently cemented in so that you can enjoy years of having a full, beautiful smile.
What is involved with the Dental Bridge procedure?
The dental bridge procedure involves several appointments. The first appointment often involves filing down the surrounding teeth to create an abutment for the bridge. You will have an impression made of your teeth and you will go home with a temporary bridge that can last several weeks while the permanent bridge is being custom-made for you. Your following appointment involves having the temporary removed and the permanent bridge placed. The bridge will then be filed down so that it is comfortable for you.
Dental bridges are incredibly common in the dental office and millions of people have them without experiencing any problems. If you want to replace missing teeth without the worry or need for more invasive work, a dental bridge is the best option available to you.
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