If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge may be an option for you!
Bridges are placed by attaching a crown on to two healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth/teeth. The two anchoring teeth are called abutments and the false tooth/teeth in between are called pontic(s).
A bridge is a fixed option and is usually constructed out of porcelain and metal.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges provide a variety of oral health benefits, including:
- Retain the Shape of Your Face
- Replace Missing Teeth and Restore Your Smile
- Can Keep Your Teeth from Drifting Out of Position
- Restore Your Ability to Speak and Chew
The process of getting a dental bridge is similar to placing a dental crown.
Your dentist may need to perform an exam and take set a of x-rays to determine if you’re a good candidate for a bridge. At your initial exam, your dentist will also assess for the presence of conditions that may need additional treatment before a dental bridge is placed, including gum disease or damage to the surrounding teeth. If a dental bridge is right for you, your first appointment will consist of preparing the adjacent (abutment) teeth to make room for the bridge.
Next, an impression and a bite registration are made, followed by the placement of a temporary bridge or crowns. Your next visit will include trying on a fabricated bridge to assess its fit and shade before cementing it into place. After the cement is set up and cleaned, your dentist will re-check the fit of your bridge and make any necessary adjustments.
Your new bridge will be carefully checked and adjusted to ensure a comfortable fit and natural look! You will also be given instructions on how to properly clean your bridge to prolong the life of your bridge investment.
What is the Average Lifespan of a Dental Bridge?
With proper care, dental bridges can last over a decade! At Torghele and Schmid Dental, we do our best to help patients make the most out of their new smile investment. Our dental bridges are crafted from durable, long-lasting materials, and we’re always happy to provide personalized recommendations on the best ways to maintain the quality of your dental restorations.
How Should I Care For My Dental Bridge?
Just like your regular teeth, dental restorations will require proper maintenance and oral hygiene to remain intact. Once your dental bridge is placed, the following steps can help you maintain your new smile for years into the future:
- Brush and floss regularly. Brushing and flossing are essential to keeping your dental bridge clean and free from bacteria. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily to remove any food particles and plaque from between the teeth and under the bridge.
- Avoid hard, sticky foods. Hard and sticky foods can stress the dental bridge and cause it to become loose or damaged. Minimize hard and crunchy or chewy foods like popcorn, nuts, and candy.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Regular preventive dental check-ups are essential for maintaining your dental bridge and preventing damage to your restoration. At your preventive visit, your dentist can check your bridge for any concerns and make any necessary adjustments.
- Wear a night guard. If you grind your teeth at night (bruxism), wearing a custom-fitted night guard can protect your dental bridge (and the rest of your teeth) from damage and uneven wear.
Please call us at (801) 621-2703 if you have any questions or if you think a dental bridge might be right for you!