When you are missing teeth, it can be difficult to smile, chew, speak or laugh comfortably and with confidence. Damaged or missing teeth can cause other teeth in your mouth to become loose, shift or even fall out. Additionally, the empty sockets formed by missing teeth can be a place where plaque and bacteria grow, which can cause other issues with one’s oral and overall health. There are many different ways to replace damaged or lost teeth. One of these is options is a dental bridge.
A dental bridge, also called a partial denture, is a tooth replacement option that bridges the gap between two teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap left by your missing teeth act as anchors where the dental bridge is affixed to keep it in place.
A dental bridge can either be fixed or removable. A fixed dental bridge is held permanently into place by bonding your natural teeth to dental crowns on either side of the gap. A removable bridge, on the other hand, is affixed to the abutment teeth using attachments and can be removed for cleaning and care.
Placing a dental bridge requires at least two appointments with us. During your initial appointment, we prepare your surrounding or abutment teeth by removing the enamel or dentin from the teeth to create a rougher surface, which, in turn, creates a stronger bond. Impressions will then be made to ensure that the bridge can be fully customized to match perfectly with your distinct smile.
Dental bridges can be made from a number of different materials that are similar to your natural teeth both in appearance and function. After the bridge is designed, it is bonded to the abutment teeth using a dental crown to ensure the bridge is secure.
Once your dental bridge is placed, it needs to be cared for properly to maintain its optimal look and function. Routine care, such as daily flossing and brushing, is needed, as well as regular dental exams to keep your prosthetic teeth clean and last for a long time. Contact The Texas Dental Center if you are missing teeth and have questions about whether dental bridges are the right choice for you.