People face a number of challenges when they are missing one or more teeth. Often their smiles are impacted, as well as their ability to chew and speak properly. Dental bridges are a great solution to permanently fill in the gap where the extracted tooth was once located.
Dental bridges are created by a dental lab that creates a replacement tooth to ‘bridge” the gap that exists when a tooth was removed. The dental bridge also has a crown on each side of the false tooth, which secures the bridge to the patient’s existing “abutment” teeth. Typically bridges are made out of either gold, porcelain or several alloy metals.
The dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing some of the tooth enamel. Once removed a mold of the impacted area is made and sent to a dental lab, where the dental bridge is fabricated. The dentist will place a temporary dental bridge over the abutment teeth while the permanent bridge is being made. Once the bridge is completed, the dentist will take great care to make sure that the bridge fits properly and that the patient’s “bite” is correct.
In some cases numerous visits will be required in order to make sure that everything is correct before the bridge is permanently cemented into place. Once cemented into place, the patient can expect to get years of service out of the bridge. In addition, they will see immediate benefits of the bridge including a great smile, improved chewing, as well as clearer speech. Speak with your dentist to see if a dental bridge is a good solution for you!
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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