Why is a metal-free bridge necessary?
If you are missing a tooth from an extraction, injury, or gum disease, you know the discomfort that comes with eating, speaking and other daily oral functions. However, you may not be aware that a missing tooth can cause oral health issues. To keep your surrounding teeth from drifting out of place, Dr. Gross can close the gap with a bridge.
Unlike dentures and partials, dental bridges are fixed appliances, meaning they are not removed. Similar to partial dentures, bridges relieve strain on existing teeth during chewing and biting, and they are used to replace one or more missing teeth in an arch. Many patients have chosen to replace partial dentures with fixed bridges because they are sturdier and more convenient. Bridges are durable and last for many years with proper dental care and professional cleanings.
Replacing missing teeth is very important. When you lose teeth, the surrounding teeth are stressed when you eat because they must compensate for the missing teeth. A bridge is beneficial because it contains artificial teeth that “bridge the gap” between missing teeth and existing teeth.
What are the benefits of a fixed bridge?
Aside from improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile, fixed bridges offer the following benefits:
- Prevent teeth from shifting
- Restore the ability to speak and chew easily
- Support facial shape
- Prevent trauma to exposed gum tissue
- Offer more convenience and durability than partial dentures
What is the procedure for a bridge placement?
It usually takes at least two office visits to prepare and place a bridge. Normally, the procedure involves using a local anesthetic to keep patients comfortable. The two anchor teeth on either side of the gap will be prepped for crowns by removing a small part of the enamel. We will then take precise impressions of your teeth to create molds for your prosthetic to be constructed. In the interim, you will wear a temporary bridge to close in the gaps of missing teeth. When it is time to place your permanent bridge, you will return to our office and we will bond it to the crowns on your anchor teeth.
How should I care for my fixed bridge?
It is very important that bridges are cleaned properly. Continue to brush and floss the anchor teeth and bridge the same way you clean your other teeth. Take special care to remove any debris that might be hiding beneath the prosthetic. Patients should also make sure to visit our office regularly for dental cleanings and checkups so that our team can make sure the bridge is free of debris and tartar buildup.