A dental bridge, or partial denture, is a device that is commonly used by Dr. Faist in order to replace a tooth or teeth you may have lost.
All of your teeth play a vital role in many important day-to-day functions. These functions include speaking, eating, keeping all of your teeth positioned where they should be in your mouth, and maintaining your cosmetic appearance. If you lose teeth, for any reason, it is important to replace these teeth to keep your mouth healthy.
A dental bridge will attach your newly created teeth to your real teeth that are adjacent to the lost tooth. Bridges have the flexibility to be either permanent or removable.
Some benefits of dental bridges include:
- Restoring your smile back to a full state
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Preventing your other teeth from shifting position
- Restoring your ability to speak and eat
Actual patient dental bridge procedure:
Two of the biggest reasons you may need a dental bridge are for appearance and functionality. A bridge will help to support your lips and cheeks as well make you look younger by keeping your face from sagging.
The most important reason to receive a dental bridge, however, is to ensure your mouth remains healthy. When you are missing a tooth there are additional stresses that are placed on the surrounding teeth and gums. These stresses may introduce a variety of conditions and disorders that could be harmful, painful, and costly. The worst side effect we have seen from missing teeth is gum disease. Your chances of contracting gum disease decrease drastically when you receive a dental bridge or opt for other ways to replace your missing teeth such as dental implants.
Usually, receiving a fixed or removable dental bridge will take 3-4 appointments.
At your first appointment for a fixed bridge, Dr. Faist will prepare the teeth that will be the abutments (two or more anchoring teeth adjacent to the missing tooth). Dr. Faist will then take a digital scan of the area in order to ensure a perfect fit of your new bridge. The digital scan will be sent to the dental lab where your custom bridge will be manufactured.
On your second appointment, Dr. Faist will install the dental bridge by fixing it to the teeth that are next to where the bridge is being employed also called abutments. The crowns will be cemented onto your real teeth in order to provide support for your bridge. An artificial tooth will be in between the abutments on the bridge to replace your lost tooth.
A removable dental bridge is made up of artificial teeth and small attachments on both sides of the teeth. These small attachments anchor your artificial teeth in place by securing them to your real teeth beside them. When the denture needs to be removed the attachments can be detached from the teeth beside them. The attachments are usually made out of metal or a material that is flexible and will blend in with the surrounding tissue. Removable bridges are easier to clean but feel less permanent and not as comfortable as a permanent bridge. As in a fixed bridge, 3-4 appointments are typically necessary.