At Johnson Family Dental we offer the finest in dental restoration. We can restore the beauty and function of your natural smile using a dental bridge. Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are attached to the existing teeth or implant for added stability and structure. Together with the use of a dental crown, a dental bridge can be used to replace a gap where a tooth is missing. These non-removable dental appliances restore function to the mouth by filling in the void where one or more teeth used to be, not only does this look more natural, but it also feels more natural than some other restoration methods like dentures.
If you have a missing tooth it is important to have it replaced not only for aesthetic and functional purposes, but to prevent shifting, retain the bite and prevent bone loss.
How do I know if I need a dental bridge?If you have a missing tooth you should understand that you do have options, as dental bridges are not the only way to restore function and appearance to the mouth. However, they are more durable in strength and more comfortable than dentures, and they are far more economical than dental implants.
There are many reasons why Dr. Johnson might recommend a dental bridge as one of your potential treatment options. Some of the reasons Dr. Johnson may recommend a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth include:
|•||Leaving a tooth missing can lead to bone loss causing your face to lose its natural shape.|
|•||Leaving a tooth missing can lead to shifting of existing teeth, which in turn can affect your alignment and bite.|
|•||A missing tooth significantly impacts your ability to chew. If you consistently chew on one side of the mouth and not the other you will likely begin to experience joint pain.|
|•||A missing tooth can impact your speech.|
|•||A missing tooth is not the most aesthetically pleasing and could lead to self esteem issues.|
|•||If you currently have a full or partial denture Dr. Johnson may recommend a bridge as a more modern and permanent fixture.|
How do dental bridges work?Dental bridges get their name from the purpose they serve or their function. This non-removable device uses two healthy teeth or in some cases implant posts to serve as a sort of anchor to create a bridge across between the healthy teeth and the false tooth.
A traditional bridge is composed of porcelain fused to metal to make it more durable. Due to its composition dental bridges are strong and sturdy and can withstand quite a bit of chewing pressure. As with most all areas of dentistry, advances in dental bridges happen frequently, so be sure to consult with Dr. Johnson about what the best type of tooth replacement solution is for you.
If you care for your bridge as instructed by Dr. Johnson you can rest assured that it will provide you with many years of functionality.
How are dental bridges placed?The process to install a dental bridge requires four steps: 1.) preparing the teeth; 2.) implanting the posts; 3.) molding the bridge and crown; 4.) placement of the bridge.
You can expect that the entire process of placing your dental bridge will require at least two office visits. It is important to note that this does not include any restorative work that is needed.
Preparing the teethThe process of placing your dental bridge begins with the preparation of the two teeth that will serve as an anchor for your new bridge. It is necessary to reduce the size of these teeth in order to allow room for the dental crowns. Note: this process will permanently alter the natural, healthy teeth being used as anchors.
Implanting the postsNot all bridges will use teeth as the anchors. In some cases, dental implants will need to be placed to act as anchors. If this is the case for you then no prep will be necessary besides the placement of the implant posts.
MoldingOnce the anchors are prepared Dr. Johnson will then create a custom mold or impression of the area requiring treatment. Once the mold is complete Dr. Johnson will send the impression to the dental laboratory where the fabrication of your new bridge will take place. During the time that your bridge is being fabricated you will wear a temporary bridge. You can expect that the fabrication of your new bridge will take approximately two weeks.
Placing the bridgeOnce Dr. Johnson receives your new custom bridge from the dental laboratory you will be contacted to schedule your appointment for placement of the bridge. During your placement appointment, you will be fitted for your bridge and adjustments will be made as necessary. Once the fit is ideal Dr. Johnson cement the bridge into place.
If you have any further questions about dental bridges or any other restorative dental options do not hesitate to give us a call. Contact us at (509) 436-0981.