Dental Bridges

Dentist

Phoenix, AZ

All of your teeth are vital for speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper tooth alignment. Tooth loss does not have to occur as you age, but if it does, it must be replaced for your mouth to operate properly. Fortunately, there are options for replacing missing teeth.

OPTIONS FOR DENTAL BRIDGES

A bridge, which is used to restore missing teeth, connects artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth known as abutment teeth. Bridges can be permanently affixed (fixed bridges) or detachable (removable bridges).

Fixed bridges are installed by either installing crowns on the abutment teeth or bonding the prosthetic teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are secured to the teeth using metal clasps or precise attachments.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, then you’re probably aware of how important they are for your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together to perform various daily functions, such as eating to speaking. It’s difficult to do these things when you’re missing teeth. Teeth that are missing can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are an excellent approach to improve your oral health and appearance.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A BRIDGE OR FIXED PARTIAL DENTURE?

A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that replaces the space left by missing teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented to the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. Removable bridges, as the name suggests, may be removed and cleaned. Fixed bridges provide better stability than removable bridges.

WHY DO I Need A BRIDGE?

Wearing a bridge is vital for both oral functionality and attractiveness. A bridge provides support for your lips and cheeks. When you lose a back tooth, your mouth may sag and your face may appear older.

The most crucial reason for a bridge is dental health. Teeth were created to complement one another. When teeth are absent, unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues, resulting in several potentially severe illnesses.

One of the most serious adverse effects of missing teeth is an increased risk of gum disease, which can be reduced with a bridge. Because teeth are utilized to generate many of the sounds we use to talk clearly, missing teeth can cause speech difficulties.

HOW IS A BRIDGE ATTACHED?

The attachment technique normally requires two or three appointments. Dr. Satbir Khara, DMD will prepare the teeth on each side of the gap at the initial consultation by removing a part of the enamel and dentin. Because the bridge must be created precisely to maintain proper bite and match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are obtained and sent to a facility where the bridge will be built. Fixed bridges are often fastened to the normal teeth adjacent to the missing tooth’s gap. The missing tooth is replaced by a pontic (fake tooth). The bridge is supported by crowns, which are glued onto the natural teeth.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED?

Gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials can be used to build bridges. Porcelain is frequently bonded to precious or non-precious metals.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY BRIDGE?

Brushing and flossing regularly will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is crucial since the bridge is supported by the adjoining teeth.

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