If you have missing teeth, you may be wondering whether a dental bridge is right for you. While this is something that really needs to be discussed with your dentist after an examination, here is an overview of what you can expect if you are getting a bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is quite literally, a way to bridge the gap between missing teeth. It consists of two dental crowns on either side which anchor the rest of the bridge (false teeth) in place. The false teeth that are used to fill the gap, will most likely be tooth coloured porcelain. The two teeth on either side (also called abutment teeth) can either be natural teeth with crowns or implants.
Why are dental bridges recommended?
Your dentist may recommend that you get a dental bridge to:
- Restore the appearance of your smile.
- Protect the health of the surround teeth and jaw. (Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and the jaw to lose its bone density).
Restore your ability to talk and eat properly
What is the process for getting a dental bridge?
When you receive a dental bridge, it generally takes two or more visits to your dentist. The first visit will consist of having the abutment teeth prepared. Usually, this involves having crowns added to the teeth. A portion of the enamel will be ground away and a temporary crown will be fitted over top. Impressions of your teeth will also be made so that the permanent crowns and the bridge can be prepared. Also in your first visit, your dentist will give you a temporary bridge to wear while the new one is being made.
Once the permanent crowns and bridge are ready, you will go back to your dentist to have them put in. Follow up visits may be recommended to ensure these are fitting properly.
What can I expect from my dental bridge?
While it may take a few days to get used to, you should find that your new dental bridge will ultimately make it easier for you to eat and talk.
Dental bridges can last a long time (often over ten years) but this will depend largely on how well you care for your remaining teeth. It is important therefore to keep up a good regimen of brushing and flossing as well as keeping your regular dental appointments.
If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges and seeing if this is the right solution for you, contact Sapphire Dental today.