Dental bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures. They span the gap of one or more missing teeth. They're supported by natural teeth or dental crowns on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are permanently cemented into place, and they're often made from ceramic or porcelain for a more natural look.
Dental bridges are a great choice for anyone missing one tooth or several teeth in a row. If you're missing a tooth or several teeth, it can have a serious impact on your dental health. Without all your teeth, your bite pressure changes, which can lead to jaw pain and TMJ disorder. Dental bridges help restore your bite and smile, as well as your ability to speak and chew properly.
Dental bridges require at least two appointments. The first step toward placing a dental bridge is to prepare the adjacent teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then, impressions of your teeth are made, which are used by a skilled dental lab technician to create the bridge. Meanwhile, you will wear a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.
Once your bridge is ready, you will have to come for another appointment. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the area around the gums. The bridge is cemented into place, and your teeth are cleaned before you leave the office.
Your bridge will need occasional check-ups to ensure it's still functioning properly. You should also continue to brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day. A bridge can last as long as you take good care of it.
At Biltmore Commons Dental Care, we strive to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact dentist Phoenix, AZ at (602) 249-2227 or visit us at 1277 E Missouri Ave Ste 217 Phoenix, AZ 85014.