A dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is called a bridge because it spans the gap created by the missing teeth, bridging the space between the remaining natural teeth or dental implants.
At Burba Dental Partners, a dental bridge consists of artificial teeth, known as pontics, supported by dental crowns or other dental attachments on the adjacent teeth or to implants. The primary purpose of dental bridges is to restore the function, aesthetics, and alignment of the teeth affected by missing teeth. They help improve chewing ability, speech, and the smile's appearance.
The Procedure for Dental Bridges
The adjacent teeth supporting the bridge are prepared by removing a portion of their enamel to accommodate the dental crowns. An impression or digital scan is taken to create a precise mold of the prepared teeth, which is then sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. While the permanent bridge is being made, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the prepared teeth. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it will be checked for fit and appearance before bonding or cemented onto the prepared teeth or dental implants.
Proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, are essential to maintain the health and longevity of dental bridges. It's important to clean the area under the bridge using special floss or interdental brushes to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges help restore the ability to chew and speak properly. They do so by replacing the missing teeth that otherwise make it challenging to eat certain foods or pronounce words correctly. By filling the gap with a dental bridge, individuals can regain the normal function of their teeth, allowing them to enjoy a varied diet and speak with clarity.
Dental bridges are designed to look natural and blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. They can significantly enhance the smile's appearance by filling in the gaps left by missing teeth. Dental bridges are custom-made to match the natural teeth's shape, size, and color, resulting in a more attractive and confident smile.
Preventing Teeth Shifting
When a tooth is missing, the neighboring teeth can gradually shift or tilt into the gap, leading to misalignment and bite problems. Dental bridges help maintain the proper alignment of the teeth by filling the space and preventing adjacent teeth from shifting. This contributes to overall dental stability and prevents potential oral health issues.
Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem
Restoring a complete and attractive smile with dental bridges can positively impact an individual's self-confidence and self-esteem. Feeling confident about one's smile can improve social interactions, professional opportunities, and overall quality of life.
Dental bridges are custom-made to fit comfortably in the mouth. Once in place, dental bridges function like natural teeth, providing comfort and convenience in daily activities such as eating, speaking, and maintaining oral hygiene. For more information about dental bridges, visit Burba Dental Partners at 129 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970, or call 978-744-7575.