It’s no secret that having tooth decay or missing teeth can seriously lower your confidence and self-esteem. You would give just about anything to have your teeth back, to restore your beautiful smile. A healthy, radiant smile can improve your appearance, self-esteem, and relationships, both personal and professional. Your dentist can provide many options for restoring your smile to winning form, including crowns, tooth implants, and partial bridges.
They say, “You are never fully dressed without a smile.” From subtle changes to major repairs, your dentist can perform a variety of procedures to restore and improve your smile. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be.
Dental bridges can often take more than one dental visit to get the right fit and style that fits your mouth. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing the enamel, to make room for crown placement. Then, they will take impressions of your teeth, which serves as the model the dentist uses to create and design the bridge. While waiting for your permanent bridge, a temporary one will be created for you.
On the next visits, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the new one in, and adjust it accordingly for comfort and aesthetic purposes. Depending on your specific situation the dentist may want you to come back to check bite and the bridge to make sure it is not causing any problems.
Bridges can be made from a variety of materials such as porcelain, zirconia, gold, alloys, or a combination, and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. Dental bridges are a good option for people who are in need of replacing more than one tooth. Most importantly, dental bridges can help restore your smile that you have always wanted.
Practicing good oral hygiene and going to regular dental exams are crucial, as dental brides can last up to 5-15 years or longer if properly taken care of. Brushing and flossing daily to prevent gum disease and tooth decay is also a contributing factor to the longevity of your dental bridge.
If you are missing teeth or are experiencing tooth decay, consult with your dentist about the possibility of getting a dental bridge made to restore your beautiful smile.