Having a few missing teeth is common for most adults. Fixing the gap it leaves prevents gum disease, improper alignment of your bite, and other jaw problems. Dental bridges are a form of restorative dentistry we use to bring back all of your teeth. A dental bridge is made from two or more crowns, used on the sides of the gap called abutment teeth, while the middle has replacement teeth are known as pontics. Your natural teeth or dental implants provide support to the bridge. At Keizer Family Dental, we can help place the best dental bridges for your needs in order to improve your oral health.
Different Types of Dental Bridges
We will recommend the best type of bridge, depending on how severe your dental issue is. Traditional bridges, which are the most popular, include prosthetic teeth which are kept in place by crowns that are cemented next to the abutment teeth. Traditional bridges are a good option if you still have natural teeth on both sides of the gap.
A Maryland dental bridge fuses artificial teeth to the back of surrounding teeth and is best for visible front teeth. Implant-supported bridges are similar to traditional bridges but are supported by implants instead of natural teeth.
For people with only one natural tooth, we suggest a cantilever dental bridge. This bridge is held in place by a dental crown that is cemented to one abutment tooth.
How Are Dental Bridges Done?
Placing a dental bridge takes more than one dental visit since we have to make the right sized bridge to close the gap. During your first visit, we will use a local anesthetic on the gum near the area where your dental bridge will be placed. The abutment teeth are reshaped to allow room to fit the crowns. We then take an impression of your teeth as a model for the permanent bridge. A temporary dental bridge is put in place to protect exposed teeth and gums. Later, we replace the temporary bridge with a custom-made permanent bridge made of either porcelain or metal.
Why Are Dental Bridges Important?
People who have missing teeth go through a lot while trying to do simple everyday tasks. Dental bridges give them back the ability to chew food properly. They also restore one's ability to speak and pronounce words like they used to. Dental bridges restore people's self-esteem since they can now smile and show off a beautiful set of teeth. They are essential to prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of place. Bridges restore your facial structure which become droopy with missing teeth. Dental bridges reduce the chances of jaw degradation when a few teeth are missing from their sockets.
Caring for Dental Bridges
After a dental bridge, it is vital to practice proper oral hygiene. Dental bridges can last a long time with good care, with replacements every five to 15 years. We advise our patients to come in for regular visits to avoid any future complications.
If you are missing one or multiple teeth, please visit us at Keizer Family Dental to get your dental bridge. To book your appointment with our team of dental professionals, do not hesitate to reach out to us at (971) 345-8563 today.