Missing teeth can be inconvenient and also potentially harmful to your oral health. An effective solution for replacing missing teeth is with a dental bridge, a fixed dental prosthetic that literally bridges the gap where a tooth or teeth are missing. You can get custom-fit bridges made at Brookstone Dental Care in Phoenix to restore the function and looks to your smile.
The actual prosthetic tooth/teeth part of a bridge is called the pontic. It is held in place by the abutment teeth, which are usually treated with dental crowns. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. There are three types of bridges; the type selected will mostly depend on the location of the missing tooth or teeth. Your dentist at Brookstone Dental Care will consider your individual needs when choosing the bridge for you.
In addition to restoring the function and appearance of your smile, dental bridges restore your ability to chew and speak properly. Having a gap in the teeth allows the remaining teeth to shift in their position and move into the empty space. This can not only change the alignment of your teeth, but creates a change in your bite and even the shape of your face. Placing a bridge in that space prevents this from happening.
It usually takes at least two appointments to have a bridge placed. In the first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth. This will require a portion of the teeth to be removed in order to make room for a crown to fit. Impressions will then be taken of the abutment teeth and the gap and sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be created. A temporary bridge will be placed to keep the prepared teeth and gums protected until the permanent bridge is ready.
Once it returns from the dental lab, a second appointment in Phoenix will be needed to have the temporary bridge removed and replaced by the permanent one. Your dentist will first put the bridge in place to check the fit. Adjustments can be made as they are needed before the bridge is cemented into place.
Good oral hygiene will have to be kept to extend the life of a dental bridge. With good care, your dental bridges can be expected to last up to 15 years. Your dentist at Brookstone Dental Care will monitor their condition during regular dental checkups.
If you have missing teeth and wish to improve the appearance and function of your smile, visit us at Brookstone Dental Care in Phoenix.