Dental bridges, also called fixed bridges, can be used to replace several missing teeth at one time. Dental bridges are used to close the gap between teeth.
Dental bridges, also called fixed bridges, can be used to replace several missing teeth at one time. Dental bridges are used to close the gap between teeth. They literally bridge the gap between two teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two major components. The first part is known as the pontic, which is an artificial tooth. In situations where more than one tooth needs to be replaced, multiple pontics will be used. The second part of the dental bridge is the structure that holds the false tooth in place.
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Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
There are a few types of dental bridges that might be used to replace missing teeth. The kind of bridge we use will depend on how many teeth you are missing, and the condition of your neighboring teeth. Other treatments that might be considered for treating your missing teeth including crowns, dental implants, and even dentures. It is important to consult with Vita Dental to understand the options when it comes to restoring the look and feel of your teeth and your smile. Choosing the right solution for you is vital to ensure your teeth are healthy for years to come.
The Benefits of a Dental Bridge
The benefits of having a dental bridge placed far outweigh any risks associated with them. Having a pontic placed in the space or gap where a tooth is missing will reduce the opportunity for the neighboring teeth to shift into that space.
While the root space will not be held, the physical space above the gumline can be maintained and reduce the movement of your other teeth. Another benefit of having a dental bridge includes the completion of your bite. This includes proper alignment and the contact of teeth which is essential to reducing the risk of any jaw problems, pain and discomfort, and premature wearing of the enamel.
Another benefit includes maintaining a more natural look of your face. Missing teeth will cause the skin on the face to sag, which will make you look older than you are. Having a full set of teeth also helps you look younger. Having a dental bridge placed will also help to improve your self-esteem and your self-confidence.
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Factors to Consider When Evaluating a Dental Bridge Solution
There are a few things to consider when it comes to having a dental bridge placed. For example, over time the metal bands used in one version of a bridge can begin to wear away the natural teeth that surround the pontic. This type of bridge can also turn the surrounding teeth grey over time. Depending on the location of the bridge, you may not be concerned with the aesthetics of a metal-band bridge. Bridges can also be fixed or partial, which means they can be removed.
The Different Types of Dental Bridges
One common type of dental bridge involves using crowns on both sides of the artificial tooth. These crowns on each side will go over the supporting abutment teeth, literally creating three new teeth in a row. Another type of dental bridge relies on using metal or ceramic wings or bands for support. The bands are fused onto the abutment teeth to create the new bridge. Both are reasonable solutions depending on the health and condition of the neighboring natural teeth.
How Is the Dental Bridge Made?
Dental bridges can be made from long-lasting materials such as porcelain and zirconia. The supporting crowns used to secure the bridge are usually made of porcelain. You may opt for a metal alloy or even gold, depending on your preferences. Sometimes glass is added to the porcelain mixture to create a shine, like your natural teeth. No matter what the bridge pontics and crowns are made from, caring for them is vital for their longevity and continued durability.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The procedure of having a dental bridge placed can be done in a few simple steps at Vita Dental. The first step involves prepping the abutment teeth that will support the bridge. The next step will consist of the making of either a physical or digital impression of the supporting teeth so that the dental lab can prepare your bridge.
The mold, or digital scan, will go to the dental lab, and within a few weeks the bridge will arrive at Vita Dental and be ready to place on your teeth. We will fit the bridge first to make sure it is the proper shape, size, color, and texture. Then we will adhere the new bridge to the supporting teeth using dental bonding cement. This cement is permanent, and once your bridge is placed, it will not be removed again.
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If you have questions about Vita Dental or any of the procedures we offer, please contact our office at (317) 288-4226 or via an online contact form. We will gladly schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your treatment options.
It is important to care for your new dental bridge in the same way you would care for your natural teeth. If they are not properly cared for, dental bridges can cause irritation, infection and even decay to your existing teeth. It is important to maintain a regular preventative program of scheduling dental appointments every six months following the placement of a dental bridge.
Special tools might be beneficial in helping you clean the bridge including threaded floss, dental picks, and water flossers for good oral health and hygiene. Continuing to brush your natural teeth, and especially the teeth immediately surrounding the dental bridge will be critical to the success of the dental bridge.
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Our entire team at Vita Dental is quite confident that you will love our comprehensive, empathetic clinic. Our staff at Vita Dental are also your neighbors and your friends. We are always focused on providing you with exceptional dental care in a high-quality, relaxing environment. Give us a call today at 317-288-4226 with any questions regarding your benefits of a dental bridge restoration, or any concerns you might have.
Vita Dental is a modern dental practice serving Fishers, Indiana, and the surrounding communities. You can find Vita Dental at 11630 Olio Rd, #100, Fishers, IN 4603