If you have recently lost a tooth and are nervous about the threat that your missing tooth poses to your aesthetic appearance and your oral and bodily health, a fixed dental bridge might be the solution that we suggest for you.
At All-in-One Dental Innovations fixed bridges are an area of restorative dentistry that we specialize in, so if you would like to secure your smile schedule an appointment with us today to determine if fixed bridges might be the right treatment for your unique situation.
What Are Dental Bridges and How Do They Work?
Dental Bridges close the gap in your teeth by connecting an implanted artificial tooth to the two closest teeth in your mouth. There is a multi-step process for inserting a dental bridge, and Dr. Huang may require two visits to safely secure your restorative dental procedure. The process of inserting your dental bridge is as follows: close the gap in your teeth by connecting an implanted artificial tooth to the two closest teeth in your mouth. There is a multi-step process for inserting a dental bridge, and Dr. Huang may require two visits to safely secure your restorative dental procedure. The process of inserting your dental bridge is as follows:
The following is an article written by colgate.com describing how bridges work.
What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
How do Bridges Work?
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist 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.
What to expect at All In One Dental when receiving a bridge
1st. Dr. Huang will add crown fillings to the two teeth adjacent to the open space where your artificial tooth will be placed.
2nd. Dr. Huang will take a molded impression of the area where the bridge will be inserted in order to create a bridge that precisely fits your unique bite.
3rd. Dr. Huang will place the artificial tooth in your mouth.
4th. Dr. Huang will secure your tooth with a temporary bridge.
5th. Once your permanent bridge has been made you will return to Dr. Huang’s office and you will be fitted with the new bridge. The bridge may not at first be permanently secured in your mouth, so that you are instead given time to adjust to the new addition. Once that period is over, your bridge will be permanently cemented into your mouth
Although your bridge will be effectively glued to your teeth, the only way to safely secure it is through proper oral hygiene practices. Advising you on the best ways to keep your dental bridge safe is part of Dr. Huang’s commitment to preventative and cosmetic dentistry. If you need help determining the best tooth replacement procedure for your unique situation, and if you want a dentist who will help you make permanent changes to improve your oral health, call our Dublin dentist today.