At Pro Edge Dental, we provide a number of specialized procedures to our patients, including bridges. A dental bridge is exactly how it sounds. It forms a bridge over a gap in the teeth. This gap may be due to the loss of a tooth, perhaps caused by gum disease. However, there are many other reasons why a bridge could be necessary. For instance, a patient might have chipped a tooth. Chipped teeth are often difficult to repair. Sometimes, if the damage is extensive, it’s easier to remove the broken tooth or teeth and replace them with a bridge.
What Is A Bridge Made Of
A bridge is formed of two or more crowns that fill the gap in the teeth. On each side of the bridge, there are abutment teeth. These teeth anchor the bridge and ensure that it stays firm in the mouth. In between these abutments, there are the prosthetic teeth. The teeth can be made of a variety of different materials. For instance, they can be made from a metal alloy, gold or porcelain. Porcelain is commonly used to ensure that the teeth look natural.
Dental Bridges Available
Drs. Kip Jones, Chad Wagstaff and Doug White offer a range of different bridges for patients. Traditional bridges are used to create a crown on either side of the new tooth. They can be made out of a metal alloy, though often porcelain is fused to metal to ensure the best look for the teeth.
Cantilever bridges are rarely ever used anymore and are often only recommended in extreme situations. This type of bridge is necessary where there are only teeth on one side of the missing crown. However, the length of the bridge can put tremendous pressure on the rest of the mouth and cause damage to the teeth.
With bonded bridges, the prosthetic tooth or teeth are fused and bonded to the existing teeth. This ensures a long-lasting hold and guarantees that the bridge is durable. Again, the bridge is commonly made of metal fused with porcelain.
Getting A Dental Bridge
It can take a few treatments and visits to our dentists for a dental bridge to be put in place. On the first visit, the abutment teeth will be prepared. This will involve reshaping the teeth and perhaps removing some enamel to ensure that the bridge fits properly. During this time both the gum and teeth will be exposed. However, you will be provided with a temporary bridge to protect the gumline. Impressions of existing teeth will also be taken to ensure that the new bridge matches the rest of your smile.
One the second visit, the new bridge will be put in place. It can take some time for the bridge to fit properly and it may require multiple visits to get the optimum position. This depends on the bite and individual mouth of each patient. However, once the bridge has been positioned, it will be cemented in place.
There are plenty of advantages to using a dental bridge to replace lost teeth. For purely cosmetic purposes, a bridge can restore the look of your smile. Many people who lost teeth find that they also lose their confidence and smile less. With a fitted bridge, you can take comfort in knowing that your smile looks and feels natural.
People who have lost teeth may often encounter issues speaking and may experience pain chewing due to exposed gums. Getting a bridge fitted can dramatically improve the quality of life.
Due to the gap left by lost teeth, there may be other issues in the mouth. If the gap is not filled, the surrounding teeth can drift out of alignment and even start to protrude at angles. This can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. As such, dentists always advise that patients get the gaps in their teeth filled as quickly as possible. A gap in the teeth can even result in the shape of the face changing, altering a person’s appearance. With a bridge, this problem can be easily and quickly rectified.
Typically, we will recommend a dental bridge in Layton and Layton, Utah, as one of the best courses of action for missing teeth. Our team will discuss the procedure with you, offer a quote for the service and suggest a time frame for when the procedure can be completed. Please call us at 801-546-5331 to arrange a visit with our expert dentists who will make sure you find the confidence to smile once more.