Dental bridges use a system of artificial crown and connective devices to create a bridge that fills a gap where one or more teeth are missing. They can restore your smile, and also make it easier for some people to speak or chew food.
For those who have lost several teeth, dental bridges can help maintain a natural face shape. Bridges also serve the critical function of keeping your remaining teeth in place, preventing them from shifting out of position.
Once you and your dentist decide that bridgework is right for you, Dr. Lee prepares your adjacent, or abutment, teeth to receive the bridge. That involves reshaping the teeth to make room for the crowns to be installed over your natural tooth tissue.
Next, Dr. Lee gathers measurements and makes an impression of your mouth. She sends that information to the dental lab where your crowns are manufactured. You may receive a temporary dental device to wear until your crowns arrive.
Next, you return to the office where Dr. Lee checks your bridge for proper fit and makes any necessary adjustments. The crowns are cemented in place and serve as anchors for the bridge tooth or teeth.
You may return to the office for a follow-up visit where Dr. Lee checks to make sure that your dental bridge is functioning correctly and is comfortable.
Dental bridges don’t require special care. Just maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing where possible. Many people use an interdental brush to keep the gum tissue near their bridge as clean as possible.
Avoid using your teeth as tools, as excess pressure can break or crack your crowns and bridge. If you notice any damage, come in for a check-up right away. With proper care, you can expect your dental bridges to last for many years.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges and other restorative options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee at Foothill Dental Care.
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