Losing teeth can be damaging, affecting your outer appearance and inner confidence. One of the most popular teeth replacement treatments is the fixed dental bridge.
What Are Fixed Dental Bridges?
Fixed dental bridges are composed of a prosthetic tooth or teeth that are secured to adjoining natural teeth via crowns. They are a good alternative to partial dentures for both practical and aesthetic purposes. With proper care, they can last 10 to 15 years.
Things to Know Before Considering a Fixed Dental Bridge
1. Dental Bridges Don’t Just Fill Gaps.
Fixed dental bridges not only fill up the gaps caused by missing teeth but also provide several other benefits:
- They keep your face in shape as missing teeth may cause your face to seem depressed or uneven
- They prevent potential tooth damage by spreading the biting forces.
- They prevent remaining teeth from moving or drifting.
2. Dental Bridges Require Little Upkeep
Fixed dental bridges can be handled the same way as natural teeth are. At least twice daily, brush the region and floss between the teeth. There is no need to further clean your gums and dental bridge with specialized dental instruments.
3. Dental Bridges Require Several Appointments
Most individuals believe they can go into a dentist's office and walk out the same day with a dental bridge, but this is not the case. To correctly prepare the teeth, build the dental bridge, and then implant it, you must follow a procedure. Typically, this procedure involves at least two dental sessions.
The first consultation is used to prepare the teeth for the operation. We will scrape away a tiny section of the enamel from the teeth on each side of the gap. We will also remove enamel to allow for the placement of the crown over the teeth.
After removing the enamel, your dentist will take an imprint, and the imprint provides a model for your dentist to work with when creating a personalized dental bridge. After your dentist completes the dental impression, a temporary bridge will be placed to safeguard your teeth while the impression is sent to a dental lab to make a permanent dental bridge for you.
Get fixed dental bridges from the experts! Our expert team of dental assistants led by Pooya Soltanzadeh, DDS, MS, FACP offers you advanced teeth replacement procedures including fixed dental bridges. For more details call us at (714) 974-0949, book online, or visit us at 8101 E Kaiser Blvd Suite 120, Anaheim Hills, CA 92808.