If you have missing teeth, your dentist might recommend a dental bridge. But what is that, and what does it solve? Here’s what you need to know.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges are usually made out of metal or porcelain, but they might also be a mixture of the two. They can also be made from zirconia.
Your dentist uses a dental bridge to replace missing teeth with false teeth. The bridge is usually attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap created by your missing teeth. This is often a better option than dentures, particularly if you only have a few missing teeth.
When Will Your Dentist Use a Bridge?
Most of the time, your dentist will recommend a bridge when you have one or more missing teeth that have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. A dental bridge can span one to four missing teeth.
If all of your teeth are missing, your dentist will likely recommend dentures or dental implants to replace those teeth. Likewise, if you have more than four teeth in a row that are missing, then your dentist might recommend a partial denture or dental implants.
What is the Procedure for Getting a Dental Bridge?
When you get a bridge, your dentist begins by examining your mouth to ensure your other teeth and gums are healthy. This may involve X-rays and a physical examination of your teeth.
After that, your dentist will file down the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap and make a mold which they will use to make the bridge. While waiting for your permanent dental bridge, your dentist may give you a temporary one.
When your permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will put your permanent bridge in place by attaching it to those two healthy teeth. It’s also possible your dentist may use a dental implant as an anchor for the bridge.
How Do You Care for a Bridge?
The best part about a dental bridge is that you care for it like your natural teeth. You will brush and floss your bridge as you do your other teeth. But, of course, you also must regularly visit your dentist to ensure everything is set correctly.
Call Us Today!
If you have missing or damaged teeth, give the office of Benjamin Duval a call today. We’ll be happy to go over all of your options with you.