Dental Bridges with Gentle Dental
Dental bridges are used to fill the gap in a smile left by missing teeth that were lost to trauma, health conditions, or wear and tear. Dental bridges are not only a cosmetic fix, but are also used to restore a person’s ability to chew and speak correctly as well as maintain the shape of their face. Dental bridges can also keep remaining teeth from drifting out of position and becoming crooked. Bridges are highly customized and usually made from gold, alloys, or porcelain.
What Is The Process of Getting Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges require several trips to the dentist in order for it to be done properly. On your first visit, the dentist will prepare the anchor teeth, or the teeth that the bridge will be anchored by. This process involves removing enamel from these teeth so that a crown can be placed on them. Impressions of your teeth will then be made so a dental lab can create the bridge custom to your mouth. You will then be given a temporary bridge to have in between bridges in order to protect the anchor teeth and gums. During your second appointment, the temporary bridge will be replaced with the custom permanent bridge. Following this appointment, you should be sure to get checkups regularly to ensure that the bridge is fitting properly and it has fixed your bite and your smile.
Tips on Dental Bridges
- Dental bridges generally last 5 to 15 years, but can last for longer if taken care of properly. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist are important to make sure your dental bridge can last for as long as possible.
- The cost of dental bridges vary depending on the size of the bridge and what your dental insurance covers. For more information about cost, contact Gentle Dental or your insurance provider!
- After your dental bridge is put in place, be sure to chew carefully and eat soft foods at first while you get used to your new bite. Once accustomed to your dental bridge, chewing and eating should become much easier!
- It is important to keep up your at-home oral care after getting dental bridges. Be sure to brush and floss regularly, and eat a balanced, nutritious diet!