bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth,
and attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural
teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges can be attached
permanently and are bonded into place and can only
be removed by a dental professional.
bridges are a great way to restore your dental health
and appearance. They are applied by either placing
crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial
teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
do I need a bridge?
Restoring oral functionality
is the most important reason for a bridge.
When teeth – naturally
designed to support each other – are
missing, unusual stress is placed on the gums
and other oral tissues, and there is a high
risk of developing gum disease and a number
of other potentially harmful disorders. A bridge
can help prevent these problems when natural
teeth are missing.
Appearance is another important reason for
wearing a bridge, which helps to support your
lips and cheeks. A missing tooth may cause
your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Missing teeth can also cause speech disorders
since they are used to make many of the sounds
we use to speak clearly.
a bridge attached?
and attaching a bridge typically requires two
or three appointments. At the first appointment
we will prepare the teeth on either side of the
space by removing a portion of the enamel and
dentin. Since the bridge must be fabricated very
precisely to ensure correct bite and to match
the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth
are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge
will be constructed. Fixed bridges are typically
cemented to the natural teeth next to the space
left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth)
replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are permanently
attached to your natural teeth, provide support
for the bridge.
can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious
alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these
materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either
precious or non-precious metal.
How do I
take care of my bridge?
strict recommend of brushing and flossing, using
combind floss threader will keep the bridge and
surrounding teeth clean. This is vital since
the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for