A dental bridge (or partial denture) is a custom-made appliance that is an excellent way to literally “bridge the gap” of a missing tooth. Artificial teeth are attached to a plastic base that resembles a natural gum look. The base of the bridge is attach and supported by abutments, which are also know as anchoring teeth.
There are two types of bridges: fixed and removable. Both are typically constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. The most popular type is porcelain fused to metal.
Dental bridges are very durable and with proper care they will last 10-20 years, however they may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear. Usually, two office visits are required to complete the procedure.
Reasons for a Bridge
- Fill in space of missing teeth
- Maintain your facial shape
- Prevent your teeth from moving out of position if you have a missing tooth.
- Restore speaking and chewing ability
- Upgrade from a partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
- Restore your smile
Types of Bridges
- There are two types of bridges, fixed and removable.
A fixed bridge provides a much more durable repair than a removable bridge because it is anchored to a crown or cemented to abutments. A Roseville dentist or dental specialist is able to remove the bridge under certain circumstances if necessary. Like all teeth in your mouth, a bridge must be cleaned daily using dental floss and a specialized flossing tool.
A removable bridge is able to be detached each day for cleaning. It is usually prescribed when a fixed bridge is not able to be properly anchored. Some of the reasons might be if:
- Posterior teeth are missing and there is no anchor for the bridge
- Multiple teeth are missing
- Teeth adjacent to the gap are not strong enough to support a fixed bridge
The Roseville dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and the supporting bone structure. They will then discuss the treatment options that are available on a case-by-case basis, as well as answer any questions that you may have. Once you have agreed to a treatment plan the Roseville dentist will begin.
- Anesthetic is applied to the area where the bridge will be placed. If the adjacent abutment teeth are decayed or broken, then the Roseville dentist must first repair these teeth.
- A highly-accurate impression (mold) is taken of the bridge area in order to fabricate a precise fit for the bridge.
- While the permanent bridge is being fabricated a temporary bridge is fitted in order to protect and allow the teeth and gums time to heal.
- During the second office visit, your temporary crown will be removed. Your new crown will be precisely placed to ensure the spacing and your bite are accurate.
If you have any questions about dental bridges, please contact your Roseville dentist today.