Bridges or fixed removable dentures replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge has a crown on either side that fits over your remaining teeth and anchors the bridge in place, with replacement teeth in between that fill the gap. Bridges may be ceramic, porcelain, gold, alloy, or a combination.
Solomon Family Dentistry fits bridges that restore your smile and enhance the shape of your face, as well as help you chew properly and speak clearly. Bridges also take the strain off your natural teeth and help stop them from moving out of position.
In addition to the standard bridges described above, there are several specialized types. Your dentist at Solomon Family Dentistry might use a cantilever bridge if you don’t have teeth on each side of the gap and a Maryland or resin-bonded bridge if your front teeth are missing. Another option is an implant-retained bridge, which is held in place with dental implants.
The first step in fitting your bridge is for your dentist to prepare your teeth for the crowns. The abutment teeth, which the crowns fit on, need reshaping to ensure a perfect fit. That involves removing some of the dentin and enamel on your teeth.
Next, your dentist takes impressions of the teeth that the dental lab uses to make your bridge. While you’re waiting for your permanent bridge, your dentist fits a temporary bridge to protect the abutment teeth.
When the permanent bridge is ready, your dentist removes the temporary bridge and fits the new one. They make any adjustments necessary to achieve a perfect fit. You might need to make another visit to Solomon Family Dentistry to have your bridge checked and make sure the fit is correct.
Dental bridges typically last from five to 15 years and sometimes longer. With proper care, most patients keep their bridges for 10 years.
Caring for bridges involves looking after your remaining teeth because the bridge relies on these teeth for a firm foundation. Make sure you brush your teeth twice daily and floss every day to prevent tooth decay, and visit Solomon Family Dentistry regularly for professional cleanings.
If you have one or several missing teeth and want to get your smile back, call the Solomon Family Dentistry office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
At Solomon Family Dentistry, accessible, quality, and affordable care are our top priority. We value affordability and the ability to be in-network with over 197+ insurances. Being open 6 days a week and late hours with easily accessible locations, we want to make the process as easy and accommodating as possible for you and your family.
We continuously learn, improve, and pride ourselves on having the best dental equipment and strategies for your little ones. You will notice our comfortable chairs and find that we are prepared with the most proven treatment strategies. At Solomon Kids, we allow for the children to demonstrate to us what they can tolerate in the chair, and we are always happy to work around their needs and ability to get the best dental work done.
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