Dental bridges are false teeth that are anchored between two crowns in order to keep them in place. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are called dental bridges because the false teeth are bridged together between the two crowns that serve as anchors.
There are a number of reasons why you may consider getting a dental bridge. Missing teeth can cause many problems. For example, you may find it difficult to eat and your speech is also likely to be affected. There is also a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay if food becomes trapped in the gap left by the missing teeth. Having a missing tooth can also affect your confidence as you may feel self conscious about smiling or opening your mouth at all.
There are several advantages to having a dental bridge fitted. As well as helping address all the issues that are caused by missing teeth, dental bridges are very natural in appearance and other people will not be able to tell you have had any dental work done. Dental bridges also prevent any surrounding teeth leaning into the gap left by the teeth that are missing. In most cases, only two visits to the dentist are required to get the bridge fitted. As long as good standards of dental hygiene are practiced, the life span of the dental bridges can be anywhere from 10 to 15 years.
You may only need two appointments with your dentist to get a dental bridge fitted. During the first appointment you will need a mild anaesthetic as a small section of the teeth on either side of the gap will have to be trimmed away so that the new crown can be accommodated. An impression of your teeth will then be taken using dental putty. This impression will then be used to make the bridge and crown. During this appointment you will also be fitted with a temporary bridge which will keep the crown and gum that has been exposed protected.
During the second appointment the temporary bridge will be removed, and the bridge that has been made in the laboratory will be fitted. When the bridge has been checked that it fits correctly and that the bite is also correct, it will be cemented into place. Some dentists recommend that you have a follow up appointment in a few weeks to ensure that there are no problems with the bridge. You could ask your dentist for this appointment if it is not offered if you would prefer to have your bridge checked.
In order to ensure that your bridge lasts as long as it can, you will need to practice good dental hygiene. Your teeth should be brushed at least twice a day and flossing is also recommended. Regular check ups at the dentist should take place every six months.
Dr. Mher Grigoryan has many years experience in fitting dental bridges and are among the best in the area for performing this type of procedure. Contact us today if you are considering a dental bridge to find out what we can do for you.