The Dental Bridge Procedure
The dentist will begin your dental bridge work by
filing down the adjacent teeth to accommodate the
crowns. Then, the dentist will take impressions
of the teeth, which will be used to create the dental
Once the crowns are finished (crowns can be all-ceramic
or made of metal or porcelain fused to metal), the
false tooth (or teeth) will be bonded to them. When
the dental bridge is ready, a return visit to the
dentist will be necessary to place it on the teeth.
During your final visit, the dentist securely cements
the crowns over the surrounding teeth to complete
your smile with the dental bridge. With proper care,
dental bridges will last five to seven years and,
in some cases, longer.
Care for dental bridge
It is important to take proper care of your dental
bridge to extend its life and maintain the health
of your gums and natural teeth. Daily brushing and
flossing, in addition to regularly scheduled dental
exams, will keep your dental bridge and oral health
in top condition.
If your dental bridge is in need of repair, it is
recommended that you visit a dentist as soon as
possible to fix the problem. Delaying repairs may
negatively affect your bite, cause gingival discomfort
or infection, or create other serious dental heath
issues requiring additional treatment.
Will the Dental Bridge Change How I Speak?
It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth
are missing in the front or anterior areas. Wearing
a dental bridge with the anterior teeth in their
proper relationship will help you speak properly.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
The life span of a dental bridge depends on the
dentist’s skill, the quality of material used,
your maintenance and the amount of "wear and
tear" the crown is exposed to, how well you
follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal
mouth-related habits. Habits such as grinding or
clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails
and using your teeth to open packaging puts on greater
wear and tear to the crown. On average in general,
How Do I Care for My Bridges?
It is important to keep your remaining teeth healthy
and strong as the success of the bridge (depending
on the type selected) depends on the solid foundation
offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice
a day and flossing daily helps prevent tooth decay
and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Your
dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how
to properly brush and floss your teeth. Keeping
a regular cleaning schedule will help diagnose problems
at an early stage when treatment has a better prognosis.
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