Troy’s Dental Bridge Specialists
Bridges are a permanent solution to many cosmetic and dental health problems that can occur in your mouth. Most commonly, dental bridges restore the normal look of teeth when you have gaps in your smile. These also provide normal chewing function and can last for years. This cosmetic dental procedure will give you the confidence you need to enjoy your life as you would normally. Below, you’ll find some important information regarding this treatment option.
Reasons for Needing a Dental Bridge
Whether you’ve lost teeth due to decay, accident, or any other cause, dental bridges are a tried-and-true solution that looks natural, works effectively in your mouth, and feels comfortable. The benefits of bridges include:
- Filling the space between your teeth
- Maintaining your facial structure
- Preventing other teeth from drifting
- Restoring chewing and speaking ability
- Restoration of your smile
Our team of dental experts can expertly sculpt and personalize your bridge to fit your mouth perfectly and ensure your comfort. We use high-quality materials that are durable and natural-looking. We’ll guide you through the process and happily answer all of your questions.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are a variety of different bridges. Consulting with the dentist is necessary for deciding which option fits your needs. Our traditional bridges are the most popular kind and are typically held in place with anchor crowns on regular teeth on both sides. Another type of bridge, a cantilever bridge, is similar in function to a traditional bridge, but is only supported on one side. Maryland bridges are another alternative, taking up less room in your mouth and only stabilized by a porcelain or metal framework. Finally, implant-based bridges offer rock-solid support for many missing teeth. The most commonly used material for a bridge is porcelain, which most closely resembles your natural teeth.
How the Bridge Is Applied
Traditional bridges consist of two different crowns that are placed on two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). The crowns are attached to the pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. This creates a literal bridge of teeth that look natural and work effectively. Once the bridge is installed, you’ll be able to speak normally, chew and use your teeth productively, and feel confident with the natural shape of your mouth and your restored smile. No matter what material you use or what type of bridge fitting you prefer, we’ll strive to ensure you love the way it looks and you’re able to use it without any issues.
More Information You Should Know
As with any dental appliance or adhesive, it’s important to know how to care for your bridge after you receive it. For most removable bridges, experts agree it’s vital to clean them after eating and brush and floss them as you would any normal teeth. If you experience a malfunction with your bridge, visit your dentist as soon as possible to have it professionally repaired. Don’t try to fix the problem yourself as you may, in fact, make the issue worse. Most bridges should be removed at night when you sleep, as well. If you’d like to know more about our dental bridges and cosmetic dentistry, feel free to call us today!