Dental Bridge Procedures at Tempe Smiles Family Dental
What Are Dental Bridges?
The Dental Bridge Process
The Different Types of Dental Bridges
What Are Dental Bridges Made Of?
A dental bridge is made as one solid piece, including the abutment teeth (crowns) and the pontics (fake teeth). The material used for dental bridges varies; you can get gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination. The price of your procedure depends on the type of material you choose for your dental bridge.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Good oral hygiene is essential in maintaining your dental bridge. If you brush and floss daily and see your dentist for regular cleanings, dental bridges can last up to 15 years. If you are not careful about your oral hygiene, bacteria can find their way under the crowns of your dental bridge and cause cavities, compromising your dental bridge.
The Benefits of a Dental Bridge Procedure
Having a missing tooth or teeth can have detrimental effects on your self-esteem. Correcting your gap with a dental bridge will reinstate your self-confidence and bring your smile back to life. Correcting your gap with a bridge will also restore your bite and the ability to chew and speak properly. A dental bridge will also aid in preventing your other teeth from shifting.
Do Dental Bridges Effect the Way You Bite or Eat?
A dental bridge can make your bite more accurate. Teeth work as a group, so when you are missing teeth, it can throw off your bite. A dental bridge can regulate your bite. Once your dental bridge is placed, you can eat and drink like you usually do, as long as you brush and floss regularly.
How Do I Care for a Dental Bridge?
Caring for your dental bridge is just like caring for your natural teeth. Be diligent about brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once to avoid plaque and tartar buildup. Maintaining the integrity of the teeth supporting your dental bridge is important. Seeing your dentist for semi-annual deep dental cleanings is also a great way to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge.
Dental Bridges for Multiple Teeth
You can get a dental bridge even if you are missing more than just one tooth. While the most common dental bridge is used to replace one missing tooth, you can get bigger dental bridges to replace multiple missing teeth. Tempe Smiles can answer any questions about your dental bridge needs. Contact us to discuss your situation further.
Who Is Eligible for a Dental Bridge?
Anyone who is missing a tooth and looking to correct their smile is eligible for a dental bridge. Unlike dental implants, a dental bridge is a much less invasive procedure that doesn’t require complete sedation. People with health problems such as diabetes or heart conditions are not eligible for a dental implant, but can get a dental bridge instead.