A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth are more than a cosmetic concern. If the space is left unfilled, the surrounding teeth may drift out of place and may be more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay, causing additional tooth loss and weakening of the underlying structures.
A dental bridge consists of a pontic piece, the part that fills the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth, and abutment teeth, dental crowns that are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap.
The process of acquiring a dental bridge usually requires two visits to the dentist’s office. At the first visit the dentist prepares the abutment teeth for the crowns, makes a cast or impression of the abutment teeth and selects a pontic piece that matches the color of the surrounding teeth. Getting an accurate impression is essential to a well-fitting bridge. The casts and color information are sent off to the laboratory and, in the meantime, a temporary bridge is fitted into place. At the second visit, the final bridge is fitted and any necessary adjustments are made. Then the crowns are bonded to the abutment teeth.
Once the bridge is in place, you should care for it the same way you would normally care for your teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and maintaining routine checkups. A quality dental bridge that is cared for should last between ten and twenty years.
Oral health is one of the most important factors in determining candidacy for a dental bridge. You must have a healthy mouth in order to support a bridge. If your teeth are severely decayed or your dentist decides there are other issues that would make you a poor candidate, you may require some kind of preliminary treatment to ensure your mouth is healthy enough to support a dental bridge. The location of the missing teeth and certain oral habits, such as teeth grinding, are other factors to be taken into account.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and would like more information about the dental bridge, please visit us on the web at http://www.Trinkner.com.