A dental bridge helps preserve your oral health and enhance your smile when one or more of your teeth are missing. Missing teeth can lead to a variety of oral health problems because the absence of a tooth allows surrounding teeth to shift, possibly becoming unstable.
Working with Dr. Jon Wilkins, our prosthodontist, Dr. Matar creates beautiful dental restorations like bridges that look natural and are durable enough to withstand everyday wear and stress on your teeth. It is important to protect your oral health, and our team of experienced professionals wants to help you achieve that goal.
What Is the Purpose of a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge fills the empty space created by a missing tooth or teeth and is held in place by crowns and/or dental implants. A fixed bridge spans several teeth and consists of crowns that attach to neighboring teeth, along with an artificial tooth (pontic) that fills the space created by your missing tooth. The pontic may also be anchored with a dental implant for stability.
Why Is a Dental Bridge Important?
The movement is very subtle, but your teeth are constantly shifting. A fixed bridge virtually eliminates problems created by shifting teeth and provides support by:
- Filling the space left by missing teeth
- Acting as a placeholder to prevent surrounding teeth from drifting into the space
- Restoring your ability to chew normally and without discomfort
What Does Getting a Fixed Bridge Involve?
Placement of a dental bridge usually requires at least two appointments. Adjacent teeth will be prepared to ensure a perfect fit and a stable base for the bridge. Next, we take impressions of your teeth that are used to fabricate the permanent bridge as well as a temporary bridge.
When your custom-crafted bridge is finished, you will return to our Maitland dentist office, and the permanent bridge will be carefully adjusted to ensure a perfect dental bite. The final step is to cement the bridge permanently in place. We will provide instructions for care before you leave our office.
If you and Dr. Matar decide that a dental implant is needed to anchor the bridge, we will begin the process by placing the implant. In this case, we will provide a temporary bridge until your jaw has fully healed and the permanent bridge can be placed.
Your new bridge is very durable and considered to be permanent, but it’s important to remember that it is a dental prosthetic and should be treated with care. Good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings will go a long way towards ensuring many years of use.
Take the first step towards perfecting your smile and preserving your good oral health by contacting our office for a consultation. Your optimal oral health is our top priority, and our experienced team will be happy to provide information and answer all your questions.