Dental Bridges at El Portal Dental Group
Your teeth play an intricate part in many of your daily functions and activities: from chewing and smiling to speaking. Those who suffer from tooth loss either from age or from trauma must replace their missing tooth/teeth to maintain proper function of the mouth. We are thankful to be able to offer our patients tooth replacement solutions.
Dental Bridge Options
A dental bridge is a great solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges fill in the gaps of missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to the adjacent natural teeth. Bridges can be either fixed (permanently attached) or removable.
Fixed bridges are either bonded to the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth or applied by placing crowns on these adjacent teeth. Removable bridges are placed by using metal clasps or attachments.
Not only do missing teeth affect one’s confidence, function, and smile, they also affect dental health. Missing teeth make performing daily functions difficult and can potentially cause dental structure issues if not repaired. Bridges are an incredible way to restore your dental health and confident smile!
What Exactly Is a Dental Bridge or Fixed Partial Denture?
Dental bridges are devices that fill in missing spaces where a tooth or teeth are missing. While removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned as needed, fixed bridges are bonded and can only be removed by professionals. Although both support a healthy smile, fixed bridges offer patients a more stable and normal-feeling smile than removable bridges.
Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
Not only are teeth necessary for function and appearance, they also can affect your dental health. When tooth gaps are left empty, facial structures can appear sunken, causing the appearance of aging. Additionally, abnormal stresses occur to the gums and tissues of these missing teeth, causing several issues and potentially harmful disorders such as speech disorders and an increased risk of gum disease.
What Materials Are Used for Dental Bridges?
Bridges can be made up of a variety of materials. Gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain and even a combination of these items make up bridges.
How Is a Dental Bridge Attached?
Most dental bridge procedures usually take two to three appointments. During your first visit, the dentist will prepare the adjacent teeth to the gap by removing some enamel and dentin.
Next, impressions are taken and sent to a lab to ensure that the fabrication of the bridge is accurate.
Once the bridge is made, it will be attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap, and a false tooth will replace the missing tooth.
How Do I Take Care of My Bridge?
Having a consistent and thorough daily dental hygiene routine will ensure that the bridge and the surrounding teeth stay clean. Brushing and flossing daily are crucial to keeping your smile healthy since the bridge is relying off of its adjacent teeth for support.