Dental bridges are fixed restorations used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They are made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with one or more false teeth in between. The false teeth are called pontics. Dental bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
The process of placing a dental bridge typically takes two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist in Albuquerque, NM will prepare the teeth that will support the bridge by filing down the enamel to create room for the crown to be placed over them. Next, a model of the patient’s bite will be made and sent to the lab for fabrication. This ensures that the bridge will fit properly before it is permanently cemented in place. At the second appointment, the temporary restoration is removed, and the permanent bridge is put in place. The bridge is connected using resin cement that is shaded to match the patient’s natural smile. Once the process is complete, it will be necessary to return to the office periodically to have the supporting teeth cleaned and examined to ensure they remain healthy and free from decay.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are custom-made appliances that resemble the appearance of real teeth. The restorations look and function like natural teeth, providing patients with a long-lasting solution to tooth loss and restoring their ability to eat and speak properly again. Additionally, while conventional dentures or partials require patients to remove them nightly for cleaning, bridges are permanently attached and can be cleaned with brushing and flossing alone. The bridge is anchored in place by the two neighboring abutment teeth and is secured to the crowns on each tooth.
Bridges are an ideal option for patients who are missing one to three consecutive teeth in a row. These restorations are also a great option for patients who may not be qualified for dental implants due to jawbone degeneration or other issues. When placed by an experienced dentist, they can last seven to 15 years – even longer when proper at-home care is used.
Dental bridges offer the following benefits:
- Prevents shifting of surrounding teeth.
- Improves your ability to chew and speak regularly.
- Maintains facial structure and appearance.
- Prevents the misalignment of your bite and jaw joint.
- Helps you maintain a more youthful smile for longer.
To learn more about the dental bridges offered by Osuna Dental Care, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111.