To help you better understand a dental bridge, we are happy to provide the answers to the following questions:
What is a dental bridge made of?
A dental bridge is made of two or more dental crowns and artificial teeth. The artificial teeth lie in the middle of the bridge while the dental crowns lie on the outside. The dental crowns are placed over the remaining natural teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth and the artificial teeth replace the teeth you lost so long ago.
What can a dental bridge do?
A dental bridge can:
• Restore your smile
• Replace your missing teeth
• Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of place
• Maintain the shape of your face
• Improve your bite
• Give you the ability to properly chew and speak again
How is a dental bridge placed?
The process of placing a dental bridge involves two visits to our office. First, your dentist will prepare the anchoring teeth. Dr. Yelena Mullakandova will prepare those teeth by trimming the outer layers of the enamel to create room for the crowns. Then, she will make impressions of your teeth and will send those impressions to the dental lab. While you wait for your bridge to be created, you will wear a temporary bridge. Once your bridge is ready, you will come back to our office for your second visit. During this appointment, your dentist will check the fit, size, and color of the bridge and make sure everything is perfect. Then, she will cement it into place.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
Caring for your dental bridge is easy and simple. All you need to do is brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily, and attend your six month checkups.
If you have additional questions that weren’t addressed in this blog, we invite you to call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentist if you are interested in improving your smile with this successful dental restoration!