Dental Bridge – Tooth Replacement Option
A dental bridge is used to replace a lost tooth. If a badly decayed tooth cannot be saved with root canal therapy, it has to be removed. Once removed, the hole left behind needs to be filled to avoid other problems such as bite collapse.
When a tooth is lost and there is a tooth available on each side, a fixed dental bridge can be used to replace the tooth. Sometimes people are missing certain teeth, genetically. In these cases, a bridge can be used to replace the missing tooth.
Replacing One or More Teeth
A dental bridge can be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. So long as there are teeth on either side of the gap, a bridge is a viable option. Much like crowns, a dental bridge can be made of various materials. Some bridges are made entirely of different types of metals. These are used seldom and most often for the back teeth. However, most bridges are made to look more natural. These are made with various types of ceramics, metals, and porcelain. No matter which teeth are lost, we always want to use the best and most long-lasting material to ensure a good outcome.
Maintanance and Hygiene
It is important to clean and care for your bridge if you want it to last. The bridge is held in place by its anchors. So if the anchors go bad, the bridge will then be compromised. Your dentist will review with you the best methods for maintaining your bridge so it provides you with years of service.
As dentistry has progressed alternative treatment options have been developed. A more modern option for replacing one or multiple missing teeth is a dental implant. Follow this link to learn more about dental implants in San Marcos.
False Teeth – Quick Turnaround
As our San Marcos dentist explains, a dental bridge can usually be completed in 2-3 visits. The first visit is for the preparation of the anchors to receive the bridge. An impression (or mold) of the teeth is taken at this appointment for the necessary lab work. When finished we place a temporary bridge (or temporary crowns) on the anchors. The lab is then tasked with fabricating the dental bridge. This usually takes 2-3 weeks. At that time you’ll return for the fitting of the permanent bridge. Once everything looks good, the bridge is then bonded onto the anchors.