Dental bridges are one option for replacing a missing tooth. A bridge is a method of attaching an artificial replacement tooth to the teeth surrounding it, giving your mouth a natural look and feel. This makes eating, drinking, and speaking much easier.
It’s important to replace missing teeth, as having an empty space places stress on the rest of your mouth. It can also affect the overall appearance of your face. Fortunately, bridges are affordable and easily placed.
Types of Bridges
There are two types of dental bridges:
- Removable bridges are joined to the adjacent teeth with metal clasps or with other attachments. They can be removed for easy and thorough cleaning.
- Fixed dental bridges are bonded into place. They’re applied by fixing crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap, or by bonding the replacement tooth directly to the tooth next to it. These can only be removed by a dental professional and are sturdier than removable bridges.
Dental Bridge Procedure
It usually takes between two and three appointments to place a dental bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the adjacent teeth for the bridge by removing some of their enamel. A mold of the teeth will be taken and sent to a lab, where the custom implant will be prepared. You may then return to the dentist’s office to have your bridge and implant fitted.
Dental Bridge Care
Your bridges rely on the teeth surrounding them for support. Because of this, it’s imperative that you are vigorous with your oral hygiene routine. Keeping the surrounding teeth healthy and your implant clean are two things you can do to ensure the longevity of your bridges, as well as preventing the loss of more teeth. Want to restore a complete smile? Book an appointment with our office today to consult with our doctors to see if bridges are right for you!