강남임플란트 Dental bridges are one of the best restorative treatments for missing teeth. The procedure is minimally invasive and restores the smile and bite.
A dental bridge involves anchoring a false tooth or teeth between two crowns. The dentist reshapes the adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth, by removing a small amount of enamel.
Dental bridges are a treatment option for missing teeth that helps improve both the appearance of the smile and the overall oral health of the patient. These bridges are anchored with a series of crowns on the surrounding teeth, called abutment teeth, and are inserted in the gap between the abutment teeth to create a “bridge” that is supported by one or more false teeth, called pontic teeth. The crowns and pontics are made to match the color, shape, size, and contour of the surrounding teeth.
They also help distribute the force of biting and chewing to all the teeth in your mouth, unlike an empty gap where the bite forces can cause other adjacent teeth to shift and change their positions over time, affecting their natural function, and even the shape of your face. In addition, many patients who receive traditional fixed bridges report that they feel like their natural teeth and are comfortable as soon as the anesthetic from the procedure wears off.
A common issue that can happen with dentures is them slipping off accidentally, but this is not an issue with dental bridges as they are permanently affixed to the abutment teeth using a strong dental cement. The Lane Dentists can custom make dental bridges to ensure they look natural and fit comfortably in your mouth.
A Dental bridge is made of pontics (the artificial teeth) and abutments (the attachment points). Your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by shaping them to fit the crowns and removing any decay or cavities. They will also take impressions of the area using a putty-like material to provide a template for creating your custom-made bridge in a laboratory.
Once completed, the fixed bridge will be bonded in place and you’ll be able to chew, speak and smile normally. However, patients may need some time to get used to eating with the bridge in place. It is recommended to eat soft food cut into small pieces to avoid damaging the artificial teeth.
The longevity of your bridge depends on your oral hygiene routine and if the supporting abutment teeth can remain healthy and strong. Keeping the area around the bridge clean by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard foods and wearing a night guard to prevent clenching and grinding of teeth (bruxism) will prolong its lifespan.
Dental bridges can last for up to 15 years if they are properly cared for. If something goes wrong with one of the abutment teeth, a bridge replacement is necessary. Our expert dentists at Lane and Associates Family Dentistry can help you choose the right bridge material and design to suit your needs.
Dental bridges are a popular way to replace missing teeth. They help reduce chewing complications, bite problems and bone loss in the area of the missing teeth. They also improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Unlike removable dentures, which rest exclusively on the gums, dental bridges have excellent chewing comfort. This is because all the chewing forces are passed to the abutment teeth (which serve as anchors) and are performed by them in the same way that natural teeth perform the process of mastication.
In addition, a bridge will stimulate the area where the tooth is missing, keeping it from deteriorating and helping maintain the alignment of surrounding teeth. In the long run, this will prevent sagging of the face and make it easier to chew properly and speak clearly.
When you choose a dentist who has experience in this procedure, they will ensure that the new bridge looks and feels very natural. They will take the time to numb the area and prepare the two anchoring teeth by removing a very small amount of enamel, only enough to expose the underlying structure. They will then create an accurate impression of the area and send it to a laboratory to make your new bridge. Once it is ready, they will check it for fit and will cement it in place.
Ease of Maintenance
Although a dental bridge is considered permanent, it can still be damaged or wear out over time if not cared for properly. To ensure that your bridge lasts as long as possible, it is important to practice proper aftercare including brushing twice daily and flossing. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to show you how to brush and floss around your bridge so that the remaining teeth stay healthy and strong. Also, it is crucial to continue to see your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups so that any issues can be caught early and treated before they worsen.
It is also recommended to avoid chewing on ice, pencils, or other hard objects and to limit the amount of sugary foods that are consumed. These behaviors can damage or dislodge your dental bridge, causing tooth decay or gum disease. Patients should also be sure to rinse with fluoride mouthwash or use a toothpaste with a high level of fluoride on a regular basis.
The benefits of a dental bridge are numerous and can improve your appearance, comfort, and oral health. By filling in the gaps left by missing teeth, bridges restore chewing and speaking function and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into the gap, which can lead to jaw instability, pain, tooth decay, and gum disease.