A dental bridge is a prosthetic that fills the gap where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge is supported on each end by crowns affixed to healthy teeth, or in some cases by crowns attached to dental implants, with artificial teeth filling the spaces in between. The artificial teeth can be made from several different materials, depending upon cost considerations, including gold, other alloys and porcelain. Porcelain is the most common choice because it is strong and can be matched to the color of the surrounding natural teeth.
Dental bridges provide a number of benefits, with the most obvious being an improvement in the appearance of a patient’s mouth and smile. But, bridges also provide a balanced bite, maintain the natural shape of the mouth and prevent adjacent teeth from moving out of place. Bridges are often an acceptable alternative to more expensive treatments like multiple dental implants.
When you come to Dinka Dental for a consultation, we will explore all the available options for improving your oral health, including bridges to replace missing teeth. The procedure for placing a bridge involves several steps. The natural teeth that will anchor the bridge, called the abutment teeth, will be prepared for accepting the crowns at each end of the bridge. This involves removing some of the natural tooth enamel to shape the tooth so the crown will fit securely and align with surrounding teeth.
We will match tooth colors and take impressions so a dental lab can fabricate your bridge to the right specifications. In a subsequent visit, we will place your bridge using temporary cement. After you have worn the bridge long enough to be sure it fits correctly, you will return for one more visit when we will permanently bond the abutment crowns to your natural teeth. If you take good care of your bridge, it should provide you with many years of comfortable service.
The staff here at Dinka Dental has been providing expert dental care for over 26 years. Your comfort is one of our top priorities. We have nitrous oxide available for patients who need help relaxing during dental procedures. We look forward to helping you maintain your oral health and beautiful smile for many years to come.