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.
When you are missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking, and smiling – smiling because you are self-conscious about your missing teeth and do not smile as often as you would like. Bridges restore your smile, maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate the stress in your bite by replacing your missing teeth.
Sometimes called a fixed, partial denture, a dental bridge is an appliance used to replace missing teeth with manufactured teeth. The dental bridge looks natural, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. If Dr. Titensor recommends a dental bridge to replace your missing teeth, you can choose from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials for the bridgework. Once the bridge is ready, Dr. Titensor permanently bonds the bridge onto your surrounding teeth for support.
Your dental bridge construction and placement is a two-visit procedure. During your first visit, Dr. Titensor assesses your teeth, takes x-rays, and determines the options available to you. You might consider partials and dental implants as a means for tooth replacement, but if Dr. Titensor recommends a dental bridge, he will then design the device and bond it to your teeth in a second visit.
Like a bridge, the dental bridge construction requires three pieces that fit into the open space in the mouth, "bridging" the gap. Most dental bridges consist of a false tooth, held together by two crowns.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you are a candidate for a dental bridge; however, the difference between proper and improper oral hygiene normally determines the success of your dental bridge.
If you have a missing tooth, you will want to explore the different tooth replacement options, and understand the difference between dental implants versus dental bridges.
Titensor Dental recommends the following dental care to eliminate or reduce any oral health problems you may experience while wearing your dental bridge.
Most dental bridges function for eight to ten years with proper dental care and dental checkups. Dr. Titensor and his staff at Titensor Dental are ready to answer any questions you have concerning dental bridges and if they are right for you