Dental Bridges

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If you are missing several teeth, dental bridges are removable appliances that restore full function to your mouth. The artificial crowns on the bridge look like natural teeth, which also helps to improve your smile. A dental bridge is also called a fixed partial denture and cemented in place onto your natural teeth.

How a Dental Bridge Is Made

A dental bridge is custom-made for you in a dental lab using impressions taken by your dentist. The bridge consists of metal wires and several artificial tooth crowns that are attached to the bridge with posts. Each artificial porcelain or ceramic tooth crown is colored to look like your natural teeth. The brackets of the bridge are cemented onto the natural teeth surrounding the gap.

Reasons to Use a Dental Bridge

When you are missing one or more teeth, the remaining teeth near the gap can shift within your jaw, resulting in a bad bite. This movement can also cause uneven wear on your teeth. An imbalanced jaw may cause you to develop gum disease. Some people develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) due to missing teeth. Replacing the missing teeth with a dental bridge can prevent these complications.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

Good oral hygiene continues to be important after you get a dental bridge. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy helps to maintain a strong bone structure so that the bridge stays in place. You will need to brush and floss daily to keep the teeth anchoring the bridge healthy. Regular visits to your dentist to check on the bridge are also important.

Contact the dental office of Donald Tormey, DDS today to learn more about dental bridges and find out if one is right for you.