A dental bridge may be a good choice for you if you have one or more missing teeth that are surrounded by healthy teeth on either side. The dental bridge itself is a custom-made device with artificial teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic base that fills the gap left by missing teeth. Most dental bridges have a standard life of 10-20 years if they are properly cared for. A dental bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. A typical dental bridge consists of a pontic (a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding crowns (abutments). Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded or cemented into the mouth.
Without the use of a dental bridge, spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, lead to malocclusion (bad bite) and/or jaw problems, and may spur periodontal (gum) disease. Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
TYPES OF Dental BRIDGES
Bridges come in two forms, removable and fixed. A removable bridge can be removed by the wearer on a daily basis for cleaning, while a fixed bridge is permanently anchored in the mouth and can only be removed by a specialist.
The process of creating and securing a bridge is two-fold. In the first visit, a local anesthetic is administered so the dentist can prepare the abutments (a support structure for the bridge) and then a putty-like material is used to create a mold of your teeth so the bridge can be made. The dentist will secure a temporary bridge at this point to protect your teeth and gums until your personalized dental bridge is completed. The second visit is when the dentist will fit and properly attach your custom bridge.
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