A dental bridge is a fixed, or non-removable, restoration serving as an excellent option to replace missing teeth. Missing or losing teeth happens for many reasons including: periodontal disease, trauma and decay. Regardless of the reason, missing teeth leaves a gap in your smile, which can impact many areas of your life. While there are several types of bridges available, you and your Dentist will decide which is best for you and your particular case.
A bridge will span the gap of a missing tooth or teeth supported by anchoring teeth on each end. These anchoring teeth, called abutments, are your natural teeth prepared just as if they were receiving crowns. The missing tooth space is filled by a pontic, or artificial tooth. The abutment and pontic teeth are fused together creating one solid unit inserted as such. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last for many years to come, providing that proper home care instructions are closely followed.
Some of the reasons for needing a fixed bridge may include: replacing missing teeth, maintaining facial shape and natural contours, preventing tooth drifting, restoring form, function and smile and to upgrade from a removable partial denture to a fixed alternative.
Fixed bridges are generally completed in 2 or 3 visits as preparation, impression making for the dental laboratory and temporization is done at the first visit, while insertion of your custom made bridge is done at the second visit. Sometimes a try-in appointment is required, necessitation a third visit for insertion. Like many other dental restorations, bridges may need to eventually be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear of artificial materials.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new Dental Bridge.
If you have any questions or concerns about Dental Bridges, please don't hesitate to discuss them with your Dentist in the office or call Dental Arts of Boynton Beach at (561) 767-9595.