What is a Dental Bridge?
Dr. Sim may recommend a dental bridge if you’re missing one or more teeth. Bridges are a permanent dental appliance to fill the spacing created by missing teeth. Your bridge will be cemented to either an implant or your natural teeth, surrounding the spacing. As with crowns, you will be able to choose the material you’re comfortable with. The most popular type of bridge is porcelain fused to metal that can be matched to your natural tooth color.
Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
It is important to fill spacing from missing teeth to help prevent long-term damage. When spaces are left, the surrounding teeth will begin to rotate and shift into the empty areas. This movement of teeth can result in a bad bite, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, or gum disease.
How is a Dental Bridge Installed?
Your new dental bridge will be prepared and installed over a few appointments. To prepare the surrounding teeth, they will need to be lightly sanded down to allow a crown to fit over them comfortably. Using a dental impression, a laboratory will create your permanent bridge will be made. At the end of your first appointment, a temporary crown will be placed. During your second appointment, your permanent bridge will be affixed to the prepared teeth using a dental cement to ensure they will stay in place. Before the appointment is finished your dentist will check to make sure the permanent bridge is fitting correctly and make any necessary adjustments.
How Do I Care for My Dental Bridge?
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is the best way to care for your new bridge. You may also need to use floss threaders to floss underneath your bridge, to help keep your gums healthy. During your routine dental visits, your bridge will be checked for any signs of wear and tear.