If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Dental Bridge is a one of many options our highly qualified Buford Dentist Dr. Nimisha Patel can provide to help restore your smile.
Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth.
Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. The restoration can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Our doctor can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on its foundation. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.
Procedure for getting a Bridge:
- Treatment planning – During this appointment, we will examine your teeth to make sure bridge(s) are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. We may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
- Tooth Preparation – The tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the bridge to match the color of your existing teeth.
- The impression is then sent to a dental lab where they make your bridge, in the material your dentist specifies. A temporary bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent bridge is being made. When the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary bridge is removed, and the new bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How Long do Bridges Last?
While bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
How Much do Bridges Cost?
The cost varies based on the type of bridge selected. Dental insurance generally pay a percentage of the fee depending on the individual plan.
Will a Dental Bridge Cause Difficulty in Chewing Food?
No, actually it should make eating easier since missing teeth are replaced with a dental bridge. We recommend that you eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces until you get used to your bridge.
Can a Dental Bridge Change How I Speak?
Missing teeth can cause difficulty in speaking. Since bridges replace missing teeth, wearing one with the anterior teeth in their proper relationship will help you speak properly.