Teeth play a vital role in speech, eating, expressing emotions, and facial appearance. If you have one or more missing teeth you may have noticed changes in the way you speak, the foods you eat, how often you smile, or even changes in your facial structure.
If you want to replace missing teeth a bridge may be the right choice for you. A bridge will literally bridge the gap! The bridge is not removable and gets cemented in place.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with false teeth. The false teeth are made out of extremely strong materials to include metal or ceramic materials such as Lithium disilicate or zirconia. All materials listed are great options! The material normally depends on the tooth being replaced or area of the mouth.
On your appointment day, you will need to be numb. The dentist or assistant will start out with a series of impressions. The dentist will also choose a shade of white to match your teeth. Next the dentist will prepare the adjacent teeth next to the space. The preparation is done by slightly reducing the size of the supporting teeth. Once all preparations are made the dentist will take a final impression. The last step is to make a temporary bridge. The temporary will protect your teeth and prevent tooth movement while your permanent bridge is being custom made in the lab. The temporary usually stays on for about 2 weeks.
The next appointment will involve removing the temporary bridge, cleaning your supporting teeth and cementing your permanent bridge in place. Depending on the type of cement you may be instructed not to eat for 1 hour after your bridge is inserted.
The average life span of a brdge is about 6-8 years. Bridges last longer when you practice good oral hygiene to include brushing twice a day, flossing, and visiting your dentist for regular check ups.
Think a bridge may be right for you? Give us a call today to discuss your options, because you deserve to smile!
Article submitted by Jessica Blakely, DDS