When you’ve lost one or more teeth, whether to decay or injury, the resulting gap can create problems that go beyond an empty space in your mouth. One solution that’s been used for years is a dental bridge. The dental care experts at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, offer several approaches to replace the teeth you’re missing. Call or click today to learn more.
Literally bridging the gap over lost teeth, dental bridges are permanent teeth restorations that typically use healthy remaining teeth as anchors to replace the missing tooth in the middle. The simplest application is replacement of a single tooth, where the adjacent healthy teeth are prepared to receive crowns that carry the replacement tooth between them.
Bridges can also be supported with dental implant technology, a solution that works when no healthy support teeth can be utilized.
Typically requiring two visits from preparation to completion, your dental bridge work starts with the preparation of your anchor teeth, technically called abutment teeth. These need to be prepared to receive the crowns that support your dental bridge. Once these are reshaped, an impression is made either with conventional molding materials or with contemporary scanning technology.
The molds or scans are sent to a dental lab to manufacture your bridge so the crowns fit precisely over the abutment teeth and so the replacement tooth, called a pontic, fits snugly in your mouth, attached to the abutments. Made from porcelain, the outer surfaces of your bridge closely resemble the rest of your natural teeth.
In between your first appointment and second appointment when the bridge is delivered, a temporary bridge is made to protect your prepared teeth. Once it’s ready, your dentist adjusts and fits the bridge and, finally, cements it in place permanently.
For the most part, you treat your bridge the same way you do your natural teeth, with daily oral hygiene procedures. In some cases, your bridge may require special care, which your Smile Loft Branch Ave. caregiver discusses with you.
Eating and speaking may seem unusual at first, but they’re easier than continuing without replacement teeth, and the bridge helps your natural teeth remain in proper position. With proper care, your dental bridge can last 10 years or longer.