A dental bridge can restore your smile if you need to replace one tooth, or up to three in a row. The way tooth loss hurts your appearance can often be reason enough to seek out a dental prosthetic, but there are also reasons that relate to your oral health. A dental bridge is a permanent fixture, meaning it will not come loose, and cannot be removed without the aid of your dentist. It can be an ideal prosthetic for a patient who is advised not to attempt to have a dental implant placed, because the dental bridge does not alter your jawbone.
The Process Of Receiving A Dental Bridge
A dental bridge consists of multiple parts. At the outside, there are actually two dental crowns. A dental crown will go over each of the teeth that surround where you need a replacement. They have the replacement tooth (technically called a “pontic”) secured between them. In your first visit, your dentist will prepare the teeth that receive crowns, and take all necessary measurements. Once the bridge is constructed, you will see your dentist again, and have it placed on your teeth. The hold will be firm enough for you to bite and chew with the bridge.
Prosthetic Dentistry Is About More Than Restoring Your Appearance
A dental prosthetic helps stop you from losing more teeth – a tooth next to a gap has less support, and can more easily be lost. Working around a gap can also demand extra effort from certain teeth, causing them to wear down prematurely. This modified chewing and biting can also lead to pain in your jaw.