Dental Bridges

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of adjacent teeth. Even a few missing teeth can impact your smile’s aesthetics and functionality. If you have a few missing teeth, a dental bridge is a reliable way to restore your smile and oral health.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth by “bridging” the gap between existing teeth or dental implants. It consists of artificial teeth, known as pontics, anchored in place by adjacent natural teeth. Dental bridges restore the appearance of a complete smile and help maintain proper alignment and bite functionality.

Types of Dental Bridges

The two main types of bridges are permanent or fixed and removable. Fixed bridges are bonded permanently to the natural teeth on either side of the restoration by either bonding them directly to the teeth or placing crowns over them. Removable bridges use metal clasps to attach the restorations to the natural teeth supporting the restorations.

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Dental Bridge Attachment Process

The process of attaching a dental bridge typically involves several steps and can restore missing teeth:

  1. Preparation: The adjacent teeth or implants that will support the bridge are prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the crowns or attachments.
  2. Digital Impressions: Digital impressions of the prepared teeth and the gap are taken to create a custom-fit bridge that seamlessly blends with the rest of your smile.
  3. Temporary Bridge: While the permanent bridge is being fabricated in a dental lab, a temporary bridge is placed to protect the exposed teeth and maintain proper function and aesthetics.
  4. Placement: Once the permanent bridge is ready, it is carefully fitted and adjusted to ensure proper alignment and bite. The bridge is then permanently cemented or attached to the supporting teeth or implants.

Do You Need a Dental Bridge?

Several signs may indicate the need for a dental bridge, including:

  • You are missing teeth, affecting your ability to chew or speak properly.
  • Shifting or drifting of surrounding teeth due to a gap caused by missing teeth
  • Difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene in the area of the gap.
  • You are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile due to missing teeth.
  • You want to replace missing teeth but are not interested in the surgery and lengthy recovery time required for dental implants.

Maintenance and Care of Dental Bridges

Proper maintenance and care are essential for ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of dental bridges. Here are some tips to keep your dental bridge in optimal condition:

  • Regular Oral Hygiene: Brushing twice daily and flossing daily will help prevent plaque buildup around the bridge and supporting teeth, reducing the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Routine Dental Visits: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to monitor the condition of your bridge and address any issues promptly.
  • Protective Measures: If you grind your teeth or play contact sports, wearing a nightguard or mouthguard can help protect your bridge from damage.

By following these maintenance tips and practicing good oral hygiene, you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.

Dental bridges offer a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile’s appearance and functionality. If you are missing one or more teeth and are considering a dental bridge, a consultation with one of our Flagstaff dentists is the first step toward making you happier with your smile. 

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