When a patient has missing teeth, we often suggest a dental bridge, which is a fixed device that doesn’t move around in your mouth.
When it comes to having a dental bridge, you will be able to discuss the different bridge options with your dentist. The most common dental bridge type is a traditional bridge, and these are made from porcelain which has been fused to metal. The way this bridge works in the mouth is by having two crowns either side which it anchors to, or false teeth that it can attach to when more than one is missing.
Bridges can easily last for years, providing ease and comfort, although it will be important to have regular checkups with your dentist to prevent problems with wear and tear. You should consider whether bridges would be a good option for you if you have:
- Missing teeth
- Altered facial shape
- Drifting teeth
- Problems speaking and chewing
- A smile that embarrasses you
- An old fashioned partial or filling
What is involved if I want to get a bridge?
In the majority of cases, two separate dental appointments will be required in order to have a dental bridge fitted. At the first appointment, your dentist will administer anaesthetmic to the teeth that will be worked on, and a small amount of grinding will be performed to make them ready for the dental bridge. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and gums, so that the dental lab can begin to get to work, creating your permanent dental bridge for you. A temporary dental bridge will be placed into your mouth until the permanent one is ready.
At the second appointment that permanent dental bridge will be glued into placed, and your dentist will ensure the fit is right so you can talk and chew easily. Your dentist will also discuss with you the best way for you to keep your dental bridge in the best possible condition.
For an appointment to discuss a dental bridge as a possible solution for you, call Dr. Woods at (619) 640-5100.