Dental Bridge An Overview
Also known as a partial fixed denture, the dental bridge is used to replace single or consecutive missing teeth. A dental bridge effectively “bridges the gap” between remaining teeth. Emerald Isle Smiles offers custom designed dental bridges for replacing lost or missing teeth.
Missing teeth can lead to bone recession, gum disease, and further tooth loss if left untreated. Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is ideal and allows for the most flexibility in treatment options. Replacing missing teeth can prevent further deterioration of the jaw bone, gum recession and protect remaining teeth.
Dental bridges are made from modern, high-quality ceramic and mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. The bridge will be custom designed and color matched to blend seamlessly with existing natural teeth for a beautiful, aesthetic result.
Dental Bridge What to Expect
There are several types of dental bridges. The type of dental bridge you choose will depend on your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget. Removable dental bridges are good for a short term solution, while fixed dental bridges help to stabilize the bite for long term oral health.
Dr. Aubrey Myers offers personalized restorative dental treatment plans tailored to your unique needs and goals. A thorough analyis of your bone and gum health will help determine which type of dental bridge will best restore your smile. If dental implants are needed to secure a dental bridge, Dr. Myers will coordinate the surgical phase with a local oral surgeon.
A dental bridge requires healthy adjacent teeth to act as supporting anchors. The adjacent teeth will be prepared and molds will be taken of the space where the bridge will fit. These molds are used to fabricate the final dental bridge. A substantial amount of tooth material will be removed from the neighboring teeth to make room for the bridge. For this reason, dental implants are often recommended to good candidates needing to replace one tooth or several teeth, serving as the tooth replacement or anchoring a new bridge.
Once the dental bridge is fabricated, Dr. Myers will ensure a proper fit. When both the patient and Dr. Myers are satisfied with the appearance and fit of the final dental restoration, the bridge will be secured.
A dental bridge can restore the function and aesthetics of your smile and will look like natural teeth. A dental bridge can last for many years with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.