What Are Dental Bridges?

In Houston and Memorial City, Texas

woman smiling sitting on couchDental bridges are necessary when there is a gap in the gum line, often due to missing teeth. A tooth on each side of the gap (abutments) serves as an “anchor” and a false tooth (pontic) is inserted as a “bridge”. The abutments can be your own natural teeth or implant-supported crowns.

 

 

Benefits Of Dental Bridges

  • Restore your appearance
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Improve your ability to chew food
  • Enhanced clarity when speaking
  • Provide proper cheek and lip support
  • Correct bite
  • Prevent TMJ or other damage caused by teeth shifting

The Dental Bridge Process

During the first appointment, the abutment teeth are re-contoured to allow room for the crowns. Then an impression is  made and a temporary bridge is cemented in place with provisional glue. At the next visit, the permanent bridge is tried on and adjusted to ensure a comfortable bite. More often than not, local anesthesia is not necessary for this visit.

How To Care For Your Dental Bridges

Oral hygiene must be prioritized when dental bridges are inserted. In addition to regular professional cleaning you will have to use a Waterpik nightly instead of floss. Unlike natural teeth, the new tooth is connected to the others, so floss will not fit or be effective. A Waterpik keeps the area sanitary and prevents both decay and gum disease.

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