What is a bridge?
Missing teeth have a serious impact on your daily life. Without all of your teeth, your ability to eat your favorite foods is affected. Your speech may become difficult to understand. You may even become self-conscious and unwilling to smile. Healthy teeth can shift into the gaps, altering and affecting your bite. Bridges offer you a way to preserve your smile and maintain a normal life.
What are Bridges?A bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. The pontic (or false teeth) are attached to surrounding healthy teeth (also called abutment teeth) by means of dental crowns. Both the pontic and the crowns are often made of ceramic, so they match the rest of your natural teeth. Once set, no one will ever be able to tell the difference between the bridge and the rest of your teeth.
Benefits of BridgesDental bridges offer several benefits, including:
ProcessOn your first visit for bridges, the dentist will first file down the two surrounding abutment teeth. Impressions are taken and sent to a lab in order to fabricate your permanent bridge. This may take a week or two. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary bridge which will restore your eating ability to almost normal as well as protect the filed teeth and your gums. You should still exercise some caution when eating with a temporary bridge. Avoid extremely hard or crunchy foods as well as sticky foods in order to prevent any damage.
After your permanent bridge is ready, you will return to the office. The fit will be checked and then the bridge will be cemented into place. You may be required to make a few more visits after in order to check the fit.
Bridge CareDental bridges should not have any effect on your oral hygiene routine. You should continue to brush at least twice a day to remove food debris, plaque and bacteria and floss daily to remove particles stuck between your teeth. Mouthwash should be used to kill bacteria.
It's also important to keep up regular dental visits. This is not only to clean your natural teeth and examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, but to also check on the health of your bridge. The dentist will make sure that it is in good working condition and has not suffered any damage.
Bridges are a great solution to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, let Sergio Ortegon provide you with the high quality, personalized care you deserve. Call today to schedule an appointment!
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