Dental crowns and bridges are commonly used in our Brigham City dental office. We use dental bridges when you have a missing tooth, and you want to complete your smile again. Unlike removable dentures, dental bridges allow you to have a “normal” smile once again.
How do Dental Bridges Work?
If you are missing one or more teeth, we may recommend using a dental bridge. The gaps left behind teeth missing will cause problems with eating and speech. A bridge is normally necessary to prevent the teeth from shifting into the empty space, which causes a bad bite.
Dental bridges are cemented to natural teeth or implants that are next to the missing tooth. The teeth that are known as the “anchor teeth” are referred to as abutments as they serve as the anchors to the bridge. The replacement tooth is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. We will discuss multiple dental bridge options to ensure we have the right color, shape, and size for your bridge.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Take to Create?
Dental bridges do require a follow-up appointment. Dental bridges need to have a higher level of strength required as they are supporting multiple teeth. Typically, we will send a dental bridge to a dental lab to be created, and we will have it back in two or three weeks. We will make a temporary bridge during the time in which the permanent bridge is being created so you can resume your normal activities.
A permanent bridge is fitted to your mouth and will be adjusted as needed until your bite feels correct. The bridge is then cemented in place and you can go about your regular eating habits.
Caring for Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is slightly different from crowns as you need to floss underneath the bridge. Cleaning under the bridge helps to remove plaque and bacteria from the sides around the tooth. Proper cleaning will also help to reduce the risk of gum disease.
With the appropriate dental care, a dental bridge can last upwards of 15 years. Some bridges have been able to last longer, but some need to be replaced later due to gum recession and oral health habits.
Contact our Brigham City dental office for more information about dental bridges and what you can do to maintain proper oral health.