Dental bridges, also called fixed bridges, can be used to replace several missing teeth at once. Dental bridges are used to fill the gap between teeth. They literally bridge the gap between two teeth.
Dental bridges, also called fixed bridges, can be used to replace several missing teeth at once. Dental bridges are used to fill the gap between teeth. They literally bridge the gap between two teeth. Dental bridges are a restorative solution used by Brechon Dental to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges are made up of two major parts. The first part is known as the pontic, which is an artificial tooth or crown. In a case where more than one tooth needs to be replaced, multiple pontics are then used. The second part of the fixed bridge is the part that if affixed to the adjacent teeth to hold the pontic in place.
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There are several types of fixed bridges that might be used to replace your missing teeth. The kind of bridge used will depend on how many teeth are missing, and the condition of the neighboring teeth. Many negative issues can arise because of missing teeth including additional tooth loss and decay. Your remaining natural teeth will shift to fill the open space, and you gums and surrounding tissue will become more susceptible to decay and disease.
The Benefits of a Dental Bridge
The benefits of having a dental bridge far outweigh any risks associated with them. Having a pontic placed in the gap where a tooth is missing will help to reduce the likelihood of a neighboring tooth drifting into that space.
Even though the root space cannot be held, the physical space can be secured and reduce any movement of the other teeth. Another benefit of having a dental bridge includes the completion of your bite. Proper alignment and the contact of upper and lower teeth is essential to reducing the risk of jaw problems, pain and discomfort, and the premature wearing of enamel.
Another benefit includes maintaining a more natural look of your face. Missing teeth will cause the skin on the face to sag, which can make you look older than you are. Having a full set of teeth also helps you look younger. Of course, having a bridge placed in your mouth also helps to improve your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
Depending on how many teeth are missing, and the state of the surrounding teeth, a dental bridge might be a good option for you. Other dental treatments are available for restoring your missing teeth including crowns, dental implants, and dentures. It is important to talk with Brechon Dental to understand your options when it comes to restoring the look and feel of your teeth. Choosing the right solution for you is vital to ensure your teeth are healthy for years to come.
Aftercare of Your Dental Bridge
It is important to care for your new dental bridge in the same way you would care for your natural teeth. When they are not properly cared for, bridges may cause irritation, infection and even decay to your existing teeth. It is vital to schedule and keep your preventative dental exams following the placement of a dental bridge.
Special tools may be beneficial to clean the dental bridge including threaded floss, dental picks, and water flossers for good oral health and hygiene. Continuing to always brush your natural teeth, and especially the teeth immediately surrounding the dental bridge, will be critical to the success of the dental bridge.
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The Dental Bridge Procedure
The process of having a dental bridge placed in your mouth can be done in a few simple steps. The first step involves reshaping the neighboring teeth, or the abutment teeth, to support the bridge. The next step is to make either a physical or digital impression of the newly shaped teeth so that the dental lab can fabricate your bridge.
The mold or digital scan will be sent to the dental lab, and within a few weeks your new dental bridge will arrive at Brechon Dental and be ready to place on your teeth. We will fit the bridge to make sure it is the proper shape, size, color, and texture. Then, we will adhere the new bridge to the abutment teeth using dental bonding cement. This cement is the final step, and once the bridge is placed, it will be permanent.
Dental bridges may be made from several long-lasting materials such as porcelain and zirconia. The crowns used to support your bridge are usually made of porcelain. You may opt for metal alloys or even gold, depending on your preference. Sometimes glass is used in porcelain mixtures to create a shine, much like natural teeth. Whatever the bridge pontics and crowns are made from, caring for them is essential for their longevity and durability.
The Different Types of Dental Bridges
One type of dental bridge involves using crowns on both sides of the new tooth, or pontic. These crowns are prepared as part of the bridge and will create three or more new teeth in a row. Another type of dental bridge involves using metal or ceramic bands that are fused onto the existing teeth to create the new bridge and teeth. Both are viable solutions depending on the health and condition of the neighboring natural teeth.
There are several things for you to consider when it comes to having dental bridges placed. Over time, the metal bands used in the one version of a bridge solution can start to wear away the existing teeth that surround the pontic. This type of bridge can also turn the supporting teeth a grey color over time. Depending on the location of the bridge, you may not be concerned with the aesthetics of a metal-band bridge. Bridges can be fixed or partial, which can be removed.
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Dentistry for You in Belvidere
Brechon Dental is a family-owned dental clinic at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008. Our highly compassionate staff and dentists are genuinely dedicated to your dental care and your healthy smile. When you visit us in our newly designed office, we focus on making your experience with our staff comfortable and rewarding. We wish for you to leave your visit smiling, with teeth that are healthier and brighter. From regular examinations and dental cleanings to a variety of cosmetic procedures, our goal is to provide you with only the best in dental care and treatments so that you achieve and maintain a smile you are proud of. We want you to have convenient access to dental care by accepting most major insurances and offering financing options. Call 815-491-8032 to schedule your appointment with Brechon Dental today.