All your teeth play an essential role in talking, chewing and maintaining the alignment of your bite. If you lose a tooth, it is necessary to replace it as soon as possible to keep your remaining teeth healthy and functioning correctly. Kennedy Dental is happy to discuss with you how a dental bridge can restore your beautiful smile.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth that are secured to adjacent natural teeth via dental crowns. Fixed bridges are either placed with crowns or by directly attaching the artificial teeth to the abutment teeth, the natural teeth directly next to artificial teeth.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
Missing teeth can be more than just a cosmetic nightmare. If you are missing one or more teeth, your oral health can begin to suffer. The jawbone beneath your missing tooth is prone to deterioration. The remaining teeth will also move and shift, which can lead to crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Missing teeth can also affect your facial muscles, leading them to sag and droop. They can also make it hard to chew and speak as usual.
Whether it is a dental bridge or another restoration, it is important to replace missing teeth to prevent future oral health problems.
How is a dental bridge attached?
The attachment procedure generally requires two or three appointments. Dr. Kennedy will prepare your teeth on either side of the gap at the first appointment. Since the bridge must be custom-made to ensure the correct bite and match the opposing tooth, impressions of your teeth are taken and sent to a laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Dental crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
What are dental bridges made of?
Bridges can be built from gold, precious alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Dr. Kennedy will decide which material is best for your treatment.
How do I take care of my bridge?
The worst enemy of a dental bridge is tooth decay. To decrease the accumulation of decay and bacteria, make sure that you are brushing and flossing regularly, and keeping up with good oral health care practices.