A bridge is a procedure that fills the space left when you are missing teeth. Bridges will restore your bite, keep the natural shape of your face and prevent gum disease. Gaps in your teeth and missing spaces can cause numerous problems when left unattended, which is why it’s important to place bridges.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges span the space where your teeth are missing by cementing to your natural teeth or your implants. There are different materials available for your bridge including gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain or a combination of them. When you meet with your dentist at Federal Way Dental Excellence, will help you to determine the best material for your bridge.
Why Do I Need Dental Bridges?
Every tooth has a unique role and contributes to the overall oral health. When a tooth is missing, it will impact your entire mouth: the remaining teeth may shift or move around, your bite can be impacted and you risk cavity or disease because your teeth are harder to reach and clean. Additionally, missing teeth can cause the jawbone to shrink will change your entire face. These are the main reasons one would need a dental bridge.
What is The Procedure for Dental Bridges?
For your dental bridge, you and your dentist will determine if you would like a fixed or removable bridge. Fixed bridges bond the artificial teeth to the natural teeth or the crowns on the remaining teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, are removable as they are attached with metal clasps, instead of being bonded. It may take two to three appointments to properly implant your bridges. Your dentist will first prepare your teeth to fit the bridge and create an impression so your bridges can be designed. During your final appointment, your bridge will be fitted into your mouth. For bridges to last and continue to help your mouth, you need to practice excellent oral care.