Definition of a Bridge:
False teeth that are used as replacement for one or more missing teeth. Typically they are anchored into place using an implant or are cemented into site with anchor teeth on either side of the gap. Unlike dentures, they act as a permanent dental appliance.
Depending on the location and function, several different materials can be used to create your bridge. For instance, chewing teeth need a different material than tearing teeth. The color however will be matched to your natural teeth to provide you a beautiful smile. At Affordable Dentist in Grand Prairie, we will work with you closely to determine the right material to help you get an amazing bright smile, with strong teeth, at an affordable cost.
3 Reasons for Needing a Bridge
The missing teeth contribute to empty spaces causing the rest of the teeth in your mouth to shift or rotate. This leads to problems such as:
Having Your Bridges Made
The dentists work on the anchor teeth on either side of your tooth gap, reducing the teeth in order to place the bridge over them. If you are a candidate for an implant, you’ll need to go through the procedure first.
Using a mold, an impression of your teeth is taken which is sent to our lab in order to build the bridge according to the doctor’s specifications.
Post-impression, a temporary bridge is place into your mouth. A permanent bridge takes several days to be created, and the temporary one will help you chew and function normally until then.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary one is replaced with it. The bridge is either cemented to your anchor teeth or attached to your implant, which might cause a few short-term problems.
Taking Care of Your Dental Bridge
- Brush and floss on a daily basis
- Visit the dentist periodically
- Avoid eating hard foods