Fill the Gaps with Dental Bridges
The name speaks for itself – dental bridges ‘bridge’ the gap between one or more missing teeth. Two or more crowns form a bridge that is used for the teeth on either side of the gap. Gaps between your teeth can be troublesome because they’ll cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, which results in a bad bite. Bridges are custom-made to blend seamlessly with your smile and restore missing teeth in a single area.
What Can They Do?
Your dentist can tell you about the many advantages of bridges, including how they can restore your natural smile, restore the ability to properly chew and eat, restore your natural bite, as well as preventing the remaining teeth from falling out of alignment.
How Do They Work?
Bridges are cemented to the existing teeth or implants surrounding the gap. These teeth serve as anchors. Your dentist will attach a replacement tooth to the crowns that cover the abutments. There are different materials that can be used with bridges, as there are with crowns, and your dentist can help you decide which material is best for you. Porcelain crowns and bridges can be designed to match the natural color of your teeth.
How Are Bridges Made?
The first step in getting you ready for a dental bridge is reducing the size of the tooth, or teeth, so that the bridge will fit over it properly. After the tooth has been reduced and an impression made of it, our dental technician will custom-make the bridge according to the mold that has been made. The bridge will be made with the material that’s the best fit for you. While your permanent bridge is being made, a temporary bridge will be placed over the treated tooth.
How Long Do They Last?
Dental bridges are designed to last a lifetime, but they sometimes can become loose or pop off. The bridge may become loose if the teeth or bone holding it in place become damaged by dental disease. Your best plan of attack for avoiding these issues is to practice regular oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice a day, and schedule regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Berger.