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Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Dental bridge is constructed by preparing the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth so that an abutment crown can be placed over those teeth and securely anchor the false crown between them. The bridge is constructed of either porcelain fused to a semi-precious metal, full Zirconium (non-metal based), or all porcelain (ceramic) materials. Which type of material will be discussed thoroughly with the patient and Dr. Thompson to ensure the best restoration is placed for that individual. Bridges are a permanently fixed restoration- not removable.

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To put in a fixed bridge, you need healthy and strong teeth in the area of the missing teeth to support the artificial one. Bridges are much easier to put in than implants and less cumbersome then dentures and generally have a life span of 10-12 years. Although they can last much longer with proper care and give the area where teeth are missing a natural look.

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss and one option is to have a Dental Bridge.

A bridge is a restoration used to replace missing teeth and it attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.

Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

Why do I need a bridge?

Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge. Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.