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Dental bridges are restorations that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. An alternative to dentures, a bridge includes a strong framework that’s used to support one or more crowns (artificial teeth). The bridge materials are very durable, and they’re tinted to match your gums and teeth so they blend in beautifully.
Bridges are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap that’s left from the missing teeth. Before Dr. Ellington places a bridge, he must protect the supporting teeth with crowns. In addition to helping you preserve your beautiful smile and your bite balance, dental bridges also prevent the teeth on either side of the gap from leaning inward, which can result in weakening of the tooth roots and additional tooth loss in the future.
Most bridge procedures require two office visits.
At the first office visit, Dr. Ellington prepares the teeth that will support the bridge. He removes a small amount of tooth material from these teeth so they’re ready to receive the crowns that protect them. Then, he makes an impression of the teeth and the gap to serve as a model for your restorations. Finally, he places temporary crowns on your teeth to protect them.
At the second visit, Dr. Ellington places the crowns and bridge on your teeth and adjusts them for an ideal fit. Some bridges attach to the supporting teeth using clips. These bridges can be removed for cleaning. Other bridges are attached to the teeth using strong adhesives.
You can care for your bridge just like you care for your natural teeth, with proper brushing and flossing routines. You should also make regular checkup visits to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. With proper care, your bridge can last a decade or more, providing you with better function, an improved appearance, and improved oral health as well.
The decision between a denture and a bridge is often a personal one. There are some locations where a bridge can’t be used — for instance, areas where there are not two teeth to support a bridge. Bridges are more secure than dentures, which means they tend to be more comfortable and natural-feeling, but dentures may be less costly. You can discuss both options with Dr. Ellington during your office visit and exam.
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