A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance and an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges, and a consultation with Dr. Hwang can help to decide which bridge type is right for you. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Traditional bridges use two crowns that go on top of two anchoring teeth and have artificial teeth attached, allowing the artificial teeth to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge is made to be durable and last you many years, however, over time, they made need to be adjusted, replaced, or re-cemented.
· A fixed dental bridge can fill in a gap caused by missing teeth
· A dental bridge may help improve or maintain facial shape
· A bridge prevents remaining teeth from shifting
· A dental bridge can help you with chewing and speaking
· A fixed bridge can enhance your smile
· A fixed dental bridge could be a permanent solution to your existing removable dental appliance
It usually requires two or more dental visits to get a fixed bridge. Dr. Hwang will numb your teeth, and prepare your two anchoring teeth for the bridge. These anchoring teeth are first prepared by removing some of their enamel to fit crowns on them. A mold will be made of these anchor teeth so that a dental laboratory can make your custom bridge. In the weeks before your next appointment, you may get a temporary bridge.
In the following visit, Dr. Hwang will check, adjust and finally affix your bridge for a good fit.
Occasionally, Dr. Hwang may only temporarily cement the bridge, to allow your tissues and teeth some time to adjust to this new dental appliance. In this case, the new bridge will be permanently cemented at another appointment. As with any dental appliance, the staff of Westboro Station dental will make sure that you get proper care instructions for how to maintain your new bridge. Frequent brushing, daily flossing and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your permanent bridge.