Bridges are fixed (cemented in place) dental appliances that are natural looking and can replace an area of missing teeth. As they are made-to-order, bridges are hardly obvious and can restore the natural shape of teeth. The dental bridge procedure also corrects the bite relationship between the upper and lower teeth.
People commonly refer bridges as “fixed partial dentures.” This is because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to the remaining teeth or implants. There are several forms of fixed or non-removable dental bridges. Some of these styles include conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. The main difference between a fixed and removable bridge, is that you can take out and clean a removable bridge. A fixed bridge is only removable your dentist.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant supported bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone. See dental implant procedure for additional information.
Before the Procedure
If you are getting a dental bridge for cosmetic reasons, we suggest that you receive a teeth whitening beforehand. At Stratford Dental, we offer a teeth laser whitening procedure that can improve the look of your smile quickly and easily. Teeth whitening must be done beforehand because the material of the bridge is stain and bleach resistant. This means that if the bridge is created to match yellow teeth, it will remain yellow even if you have your teeth whitened at a later date. When you get your teeth whitened beforehand, your new bridge will be tailored to match your beautiful white teeth!
Caring for your Bridges
A good-quality crown can last eight (08) years or even longer, as long as it is taken care of with proper care. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
The life of a crown can be significanlty shortened due to certain behaviors such as bruxism (teeth grinding) or jaw clenching. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
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