If you’re missing a tooth, a dental bridge can help. are just one of the tooth replacement options that our Shelby Township, MI, dentists offer patients looking to restore their smile. Used to replace one or several lost teeth, dental bridges can be secured to natural supporting teeth on either side of the gap or dental implants if needed.
Here’s what you need to know about theand the benefits associated with choosing this type of restoration.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A traditional dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth secured by two dental crowns on either side. These crowns are placed over top of the teeth adjacent to the empty space, creating a seamless smile and “bridging” the gap.
Dental bridges are a great way to fill in your smile, as they help distribute your bite pressure and maintain the shape of your face. They also prevent the position of your teeth from shifting over time. Once placed, you’ll be able to speak and chew normally without worrying about visible spaces showing.
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It’s worth mentioning that with proper care, your bridge can last up to 15 years. You’ll need to make sure to properly brush and floss your teeth, as taking care of the anchor teeth is the best way to make sure your bridge will last. If the anchor teeth become decayed, the bridge may need to be removed.
Candidates for a Bridge
Every patient is different. Our dentists will need to examine your entire mouth to determine what will work best for you. We may even find that other restorative solutions like dental implants or dentures are the more appropriate choice.
The dental bridge procedure may be considered if you’re experiencing:
- Severe tooth decay
- Trauma or injury to the mouth
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Medical issues that prohibit the placement of dental implants
- Older age
Dental Bridge Procedure
Before you get a dental bridge, we’ll administer local anesthesia to ensure you’re kept comfortable while we remove a small amount of enamel from the surrounding teeth so the crowns can fit over them. The bridge is custom-made to suit your mouth, so it will look and feel like your natural teeth.
Taking impressions of the anchor teeth will allow us to begin the in-house fabrication of the crowns. The design, fabrication, and placement can all be completed in a single visit thanks to our computer-assisted software and milling machine.
Once teeth have been reshaped and the bridge has been constructed, we’ll then cement the bridge in place and check your bite to guarantee that everything is fitting properly.