What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a natural-looking restoration that 'bridges' a gap of missing teeth in your mouth.
Made up of one or more artificial teeth, the bridge is affixed to the teeth on either side of the gap to fill the space.
A bridge helps to prevent your other teeth from shifting positions to fill the space, which could lead to more serious dental issues including gum disease.
Our Perth-Andover dentists primarily utilize composite dental bridges in order to fill these empty spaces in your mouth.
The Composite Bridge Procedure
Composite bridges can be placed in one appointment. First, the parts of the teeth used to attach the bridge are carefully roughened with light acid.
This makes the tooth surface easier to bond to. A combination of nylon strips and composite resin are placed in the space between teeth, where they are hardened and shaped.
Your dentist can then place the bridge right away. The dental bridge will be permanently bonded to your existing natural teeth, crowns or implants that have been placed for this purpose.
Why Dental Bridges May Be Used
Each dental bridge is customized to fit a patient's individual mouth and can replace singular tooth or multiple missing teeth. The precise fit gives your teeth a smooth, natural look.
Bridges can help restore the natural contour of your teeth, as well as the bite between upper and lower teeth.
A bridge may help to prevent oral pain and chewing difficulties and can contribute to preserving your general oral health and your smile over the years to come.
Composite vs. Traditional Bridges
When you have a composite bridge placed they generally require little or no tooth modification before placement and there is minimal risk involved with the procedure.
Unlike traditional bridges, composite bridges are metal-free. While there is a minor risk for collateral damage caused by the bonding process, composite bridges are repairable.
Caring For Dental Bridges
As with all dental treatments, it is crucial that you continue with comprehensive dental care.
The longevity of your dental bridges whether traditional or composite will rely greatly on how well you care for your teeth and gums.
It is essential to be consistent with daily tooth brushing while ensuring that you brush all areas of the bridge thoroughly as well.
Flossing normally between the replacement tooth and the attaching crowns is not possible as they are made as one solid piece. Luckily, there is a type of dental floss that will allow you to care for this area.