Dental Bridges in Crowley
Definition of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are false teeth that are anchored into place with an implant or cemented into place with the help of anchor teeth on either side of the gap. They are made of two or more crowns for teeth on either side of the gap. These false teeth are called pontics and are made from gold, alloys, porcelain and in some cases a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are considered to be a permanent dental appliance.
Several different materials can be used to create a bridge and largely depends on the location of the bridge and its function. For example – chewing teeth need a different material than tearing teeth. At Affordable Dentist in Crowley, we ensure to provide you with a dental bridge that matches the color of your natural teeth to give you a beautiful smile. We will work with you closely to determine the right material so that not your smile is enhanced but your teeth also function appropriately, at an affordable price.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can help:
- Restore your smile
- Distribute the forces in your bite, allowing you to eat your favorite foods
- Restore the ability to chew and speak
- Prevent the other teeth from drifting out of position
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Prevent Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) from imbalanced chewing
How Bridges Are Made?
The dentist begins the procedure by working on anchor teeth on either side of your tooth gap. Typically, this is done by reducing the teeth so that the bridge can be placed over these anchor teeth. If you are in the dental office for an implant, the dentist will perform that procedure first.
The impression of your teeth is then taken using a mold which is sent to our lab – another crucial stage that employs the doctor’s specification to make the bridge.
After taking the impression, a temporary bridge is placed into your mouth until the time when the permanent bridge is created which may take several days.
The temporary bridge will help you chew and function normally.
When the permanent bridge is ready, it is then cemented to your anchor teeth or attached to your implant.
Taking Care of Your Bridge
Bridges can last forever, especially if you practice good oral hygiene. The success of the dental bridge requires healthy surrounding teeth. Keep your teeth and mouth healthy by
- Brushing and flossing daily
- Seeing the dentist periodically for routine dental exams and cleaning
- Avoiding eating hard foods
If you need more information on dental bridges, call Affordable Dentist in Crowley today or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.