Imagine that you only have seven seconds to make a first impression. Do you want a missing tooth to disrupt your otherwise healthy smile? Dental bridges are options to replace missing teeth and to complete the smile. For patients near Greensboro, NC, Dentists of Triad Dentistry explain the benefits of dental bridges as permanent restorations.
Dental bridges are fixed dental devices used to replace missing teeth. Traditional bridges involve two crowns placed over natural teeth or implants with a false tooth in the middle replacing the missing tooth. Bridges can be used to replace one or a few missing teeth in a row. Once cemented into place, permanent bridges are not removable and become a fixed part of the mouth.
A dental bridge covers the gap left by one or more missing teeth. There is more than one type of dental bridge. These include traditional, implant-supported, cantilever, and Maryland. bridges are the most common. These bridges utilize two crowns which are placed over the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. A false tooth is in the middle of the two crowns. The crowns support and stabilize the bridge.
When there is a gap from a missing tooth, a dental bridge is a good replacement option. Bridges have aesthetic and functional benefits.
Bridge placement requires more than one visit as the adjacent teeth must be prepared for the crown placement that will secure the bridge into position. Impressions are taken of the missing and surrounding teeth. The impressions are sent to an off-site laboratory to have the custom bridge created. Using the dentist’s notes and the dental impressions, the bridge and crowns are matched to the surrounding teeth in color, size, and shape. The restoration blends naturally as a functional part of the mouth.
While waiting for the permanent bridge to come back from the lab, a temporary bridge can be placed. Within a couple weeks, the custom bridge should be ready to be placed into position. The dentist assesses the fit and function to check for issues. The bridge should feel comfortable and natural.
After the bridge has been placed, it is important to care for it properly. This decreases the chances of cavities or inflammation along the gumline. The dental team provides specific cleaning and care instructions to preserve the restoration. Good oral health habits apply.
To learn more about the benefits of dental bridges, contact Triad Dentistry in Greensboro, NC for an appointment. Call (336) 383-1482.