Dental bridges are a great option for replacing missing teeth while also retaining your healthy natural teeth. Bridgework is among the services available from the dentists at Advanced & Comfort Dentistry in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Explore dental bridges in more detail during a personalized consultation, which can be booked online or over the phone today.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental device that replaces one or more missing teeth. Unlike partial dentures, which need to be removed for cleaning, bridges are permanently affixed and can only be removed by a dentist.
Dental bridges are made of one or more false teeth attached to a wire framework. The bridge is held into place by dental crowns on the adjacent teeth. Once installed, dental bridges are durable, attractive, and functional.
There are also bridges that can be secured in place using only one crown, which is a good option for replacing a back molar that does not have a natural tooth on either side.
If you and your dentist decide to move forward with a dental bridge, imaging is done to learn more about your tooth and bone structures, and impressions are made to determine the shape and positioning of your teeth. This gives the dental lab the information needed to craft a bridge that perfectly aligns with your smile and your bite.
When you come in for the first step of your procedure, a small amount of natural tooth tissue is removed from the teeth that will receive crowns. This makes room for the crown to completely cover all visible portions of the teeth.
A temporary bridge is secured into place to protect your teeth and gums until the permanent bridge arrives from the lab. At that point, you’ll return to have the bridge checked for fit and appearance before being cemented into position, which completes the process.
Taking care of your new bridgework takes no more effort than the steps you take to care of your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss normally, and avoid placing undue pressure on your bridge by biting down on hard objects or using your teeth as tools to pry open packaging or hold items in place.
Some people find that food particles can get trapped along the gumline where the false teeth in a dental bridge meet the gum tissue. There are many types of dental picks and small flossers available that can help clean this area after meals or as part of your dental hygiene routine.
Your dentist will check your bridge during your routine dental exams. When the bridge eventually needs to be replaced, the device is removed and the same steps outlined above are repeated to prepare for new bridgework.
If you’d like more information about dental bridges and how they can restore your smile. Schedule a visit online or over the phone today to get started.