A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth in a row or multiple teeth at a time. They comprise two dental crowns, one on each side of the gap the missing tooth has left behind. The crowns are then attached to abutments connected to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The middle of the bridge is filled in with an artificial tooth called a pontic. This covers the space and restores your smile to its natural appearance.
At Allen Creek Family Dentistry , dental bridges are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth because they look like natural teeth and help restore your ability to chew and speak normally. They can be easily maintained with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist for checkups and professional cleanings.
If a patient has one or more missing teeth, a bridge may be the treatment option they are looking for. A bridge is a restorative oral prosthetic used to fill the gap of a missing tooth or teeth. Crowns anchor the bridge on each side of the gap that holds it in place and fills the open space. Unlike dentures, they will not shift in your mouth, so you don’t need to worry about embarrassing slippage or clicking noises during the conversation. If properly cared for, they can last for many years before needing to be replaced or repaired. They can also improve your appearance by restoring a healthy-looking smile and filling out facial contours.
A dental bridge can last many years if properly cared for. The teeth on either side of the gap that the bridge fills will first need to be prepared to receive crowns. An impression will be made of your mouth, and a bridge will be custom-made to fit your teeth. The bridge is then cemented over the two crowned teeth or implants. These teeth remain permanently in your mouth and are called abutment teeth. Your restoration should be easy to clean and care for at home, just like your natural teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help extend the life of your new restoration. Dental bridges require solid and healthy teeth and gums for support. If decay or gum disease surrounds those supporting teeth, your dentist may recommend treating these conditions before placing your bridge. Dental implants can also support dental bridges when replacing missing teeth. Implants act as artificial tooth roots to provide stability and support needed to place your restoration.
For more information about how dental bridges can restore your smile, visit Allen Creek Family Dentistry at 6618 64th St. NE, Suite C, Marysville, WA 98270, or call (360) 651-2900.