Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap.
Dental bridges, at times called fixed, partial dentures, are dental appliances used to replace your missing teeth with manufactured teeth. The appearance of dental bridges is natural and literally bridges the gap where one or more of your teeth are missing. When Plano Parkway Dental, in Plano, TX, recommends dental bridges to replace your missing teeth, you have several options as to the material used. You can choose from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials for your bridgework. Once the dental lab has manufactured your bridge, Plano Parkway Dental bonds the bridge onto your surrounding teeth for support.
Dental bridges bring back your smile, support the shape of your face, and reduce the stress in your bite by replacing your missing teeth. If you have one or more teeth missing, you may notice a difference in the way you chew and speak. You may also smile less because you are self-conscious about your missing teeth. With dental bridges, your missing teeth can be replaced and your smile can be restored.
The manufacturing of dental bridges is a two-part process: construction and insertion. Therefore, when you elect the use of dental bridges to correct missing teeth, you will need two office visits to Plano Parkway Dental. The first visit includes Dr. Taylor evaluating your remaining teeth. He or his hygienists takes x-rays and discusses your dental options for tooth replacement. Implant supported dentures or partial dentures are possible options for tooth replacement; however, Dr. Taylor may recommend a permanent, dental bridge as the most favorable treatment for your overall dental health. Dr. Taylor will design your dental bridge for his dental lab to manufacture. The dental lab constructs the dental bridge consisting of three parts: a false tooth and two crowns. The device will fit into the space in your mouth created by your missing teeth to "bridge" the gap.
At your second appointment, Dr. Taylor secures your well-crafted dental bridge onto your adjacent teeth for support, creating a final look that makes you smile.
Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth. If this is your dental concern, then yes, you are a candidate for dental bridges; yet, the success of your dental bridge depends on your attention to proper oral hygiene.
Plano Parkway Dental stresses the need for the following dental care to reduce or even eliminate any oral health problems you may have when wearing your dental bridge.
With proper dental care and regular dental check ups, your dental bridges can last for eight to ten years. Dr. Taylor and his dental team at Plano Parkway Dental will happily answer your question about dental bridges and if they are right for you.