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Bridges and Crowns

Diagram of a dental bridge

Is there a gap in your teeth when you smile or laugh? Do missing teeth affect her speech pattern? Have you wondered if there is a solution? A dental bridge might be the answer.

Dental bridge is a fixed appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Bridges are restorations that fill in a gap caused by missing teeth. They prevent the remaining teeth from shifting and provide a more stable surface for chewing.

Dental bridges are exceptionally durable and can last several years. They might, nevertheless, need to be changed or re-cemented due to ordinary use.

A dental bridge can help:

  • Fill in spaces of missed teeth
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Stop other teeth from drifting out of position
  • Improve chewing and speaking ability

To have a bridge, typically 2 or more visits are needed. First, the teeth are numbed and then the 2 anchoring teeth are prepared by removing some of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, an extremely precise impression is created which will be delivered to your dental lab where the bridge will be designed. Additionally, a short-term connection will be made and used for a number of days until the next visit.

In the next visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully assessed, modified and cemented in to get a proper fit.

There are three main types of bridges:

  • Traditional bridges
  • Cantilever bridges
  • Resin-bonded bridge

The price of dental bridge depends on the type of bridge used. Dental bridges can last 5 to 7 years or more. With good dental hygiene and regular professional cleaning, it’s not uncommon for the lifetime of a set bridge to be more than a decade.

It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing in the front area of the mouth. Wearing a dental bridge with the front teeth in proper position will help you speak more clearly.

Replacing missing teeth should make eating easier. Before you become accustomed to the bridge, eat soft foods which were cut in to little bits.

To find out more about dental bridges or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (425) 614-1098.