Are you missing a tooth or do you need to have one extracted due to decay, infection or injury? Perhaps you’re worried about having a gap where the tooth once was. There’s no need to go through life with a gap between your teeth after you lose a tooth. At Jane Clair Dental, we can fit you for a bridge that not only improves the appearance of your smile, but also provides you with a restored chewing surface to improve the function of your teeth.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are made up of two abutments, which may be strengthened by crowns, and one or more artificial teeth that bridge the gap between the two abutment teeth. There are two kinds of dental bridges. One is the fixed bridges that are cemented into place on your teeth, and the other is a removable partial denture you can take out for cleaning and sleeping.
Reasons to Get a Dental Bridge
The simplest reason to get a dental bridge is that it offers and effective way to bridge the gap where a tooth is missing. But, why bridge that gap at all, and why do it with a dental bridge rather than other restoration methods? Here are some of the most important reasons for choosing a dental bridge:
- Makes chewing and speaking easier
- Keeps teeth near the gap from shifting
- Maintains a functional bite
- Can improve your smile
- Can prevent the appearance of sunken cheeks
- Lower cost than implants
Preparing Your Teeth for the Bridge
Your dentist can fit you for a bridge, prepare your teeth, and cement the bridge in place if it’s a permanent or fixed bridge. The first step is teeth preparation, and this has to wait until after your gums have healed from the loss of the tooth. When you’re ready, your dentist prepares the two abutment teeth so they can provide anchors for the artificial tooth, also called a pontic. The abutment teeth are shaped so they can hold a crown. Then, the dentist takes impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental lab so your bridge can be created.
Procedure for Placing a Bridge
When the bridge arrives at the dentist’s office, you come in to be fitted with the bridge. Your dentist checks the bridge for fit, and then if it fits well and is sound and solid, he or she cements it into place. Your smile is immediately improved, and the next time you speak or eat, you can do it much more easily and effectively.