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Jun
20

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Posted in Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to, literally, bridge the gaps left between adult teeth when one or more have been pulled. Depending, of course, on where these gaps of teeth are located in your mouth, they could pose difficulty in chewing or simply present your face to others with a little less of a smile than you’d like. Also, when there are gaps between teeth, they tend to drift out of position with nothing else to hold them in their proper place.

Generally, a dental bridges of a false tooth in the middle of two crowns that will fit, for anchoring and support, over the natural teeth on either side of the gap where the tooth is missing. Your local dental professional will discuss with you the goals you wish to achieve and make sure that a dental bridge is the best option for your individual needs.

During your first visit, the abutment teeth (natural teeth on either side of the gap) are prepared for the covering crowns by removing a portion of the enamel to make room. Impressions of your teeth will be made to model your bridge. Your dentist will then provide you with a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent bridge is being made.

At your next visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge fitted, checked and adjusted as necessary. After a couple of weeks, to ensure that the fit is proper, the bridge will be permanently cemented into place. Your dental bridge will restore a smile, the ability to chew properly and keep the surrounding teeth properly positioned.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

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