Every year, millions of Americans lose teeth as a result of decay, aging, or accidental trauma. In those cases, in which a substantial amount of your teeth are lost, a dentist might recommend a full denture or implants. However, when some of your teeth are still present, you might be eligible to receive dental bridges to restore the aesthetic of your natural smile.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance used to replicate the look of a full smile. Bridges are made up of two or more crowns used to bridge a gap created by one or more missing teeth, essentially replicating the aesthetic of your natural smile. The bridge is anchored to the teeth using an abutment, contains one or more fake teeth, and is supported by either your natural teeth or implants.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Other commonly used crowns include:
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
Give your smile a second chance! Our highly trained dentists have access to state-of-the-art dental mapping and reconstructive technology that will make getting your fixed bridges quick and painless. If you are ready to start smiling again, call Watsonville Dental Wellness Center.