Gaps between teeth can lead to gum disease and when you have gaps, the remaining teeth will move into the empty space. Bridges fill the space of your missing teeth which will restore your bite, keep the natural shape of your face and help prevent gum disease.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are cemented to your natural teeth or your implants and will span the space where your teeth are missing. You will be able to choose your materials for your bridge, whether that is gold alloys, non-precious metals, porcelain or some combination of these materials. Your dentist at Port Orchard Dental Excellence will advise you on the best material for your bridge.
Why Do I Need Dental Bridges?
When a tooth is missing, it can impact your entire mouth because every tooth has a unique role in the health of your mouth. Without a specific tooth, the remaining teeth may shift or move around. This can affect your bite or they will move too far, making it harder for you to clean which can cause disease or cavities. Also if you are missing many teeth, your jawbone may shrink, impacting your lips, cheeks and the entire shape of your face, causing even more problems. Bridges help to prevent all of these problems.
What is The Procedure for Dental Bridges?
You have the choice between fixed or removable bridges. Fixed bridges bond the artificial teeth to the natural teeth or place crowns on the remaining teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges are attached with metal clasps, as opposed to be bonded and can be removed be the patient. Your dentist will advise you on which type of bridge is right for you. Based on that decision, you can being your procedure. Bridges can take two to three appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth will be prepared for the bridge and an impression will be taken so the bridge will perfectly fit your mouth. At the final appointment your bridge will be fitted in your mouth. It’s essential to maintain a good oral care routine so that you keep your bridge healthy following your procedure.