Are You Considering a Dental Bridge?
- Posted on: Jul 15 2018
Missing teeth leave something to be desired. Chewing function, for instance, and the confidence that comes from having a nice smile. If you’re missing a tooth or facing the prospect of tooth extraction due to dental disease, you’ve got options.
We talk a lot about dental implants in this day and age. Rightfully so; dental implants are the best support we have for long-term oral function because these titanium posts simultaneously secure artificial teeth and promote bone regeneration. However, not every person finds dental implants a good fit for their needs. In such instances, we discuss the value of the dental bridge.
First, the Basics
Before we discuss what a dental bridge can do, we should describe what this dental restoration is. A bridge could be defined as a short set of teeth, usually three or four. A dental crown sits at each end of the bridge, like a set of bookends. In between are the appropriate number of artificial teeth. The crowns serve as anchors for replacement teeth. Artificial teeth in between sit on top of the gums.
What a Dental Bridge Can Do for You
A lifelike dental bridge made from quality ceramic or acrylic addresses a variety of needs. A bridge isn’t just a cosmetic restoration; it restores a degree of function, too. When a bridge is installed, several benefits are achieved, including:
- A natural-looking smile
- Preservation of facial shape
- Restoration of chewing function
- A balanced bite
- Avoidance of misalignment due to shifting
- Closure of gaps between teeth
What is involved in the Bridge Process?
The dental bridge procedure typically requires two or more visits to our office. Initially, it is necessary to prepare the abutment or anchor teeth (the teeth that will be crowned). For crowns to properly fit over tooth structure, a degree of reduction must be done. After reduction and contouring of abutment teeth, impressions will be taken. The first visit concludes with the seating of temporary crowns.
A second visit is scheduled approximately ten days after the first. During this visit, abutment teeth are revealed and cleaned of temporary cement. The new bridge is installed and evaluated for proper fit. If necessary, adjustments can be made in the office. Once fit is confirmed, the bridge is cemented into place.
Is a Bridge Worth the Investment?
Restorative dental treatment is an investment that should be considered carefully. A bridge can last from 5 to 15 years as long as routine care continues, including cleanings and exams with your dentist. Dental implant treatment generally costs more initially. However, due to the extended lifespan of implants, many patients choose this process.
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