Every tooth has a role when it comes to chewing and speaking. The alignment of your teeth can easily be thrown off if you are missing even one tooth. Missing teeth in the back of your mouth can causing shifting teeth in the front, leading to ugly gaps. If you have lost any teeth, you will need to replace them to maintain the proper functioning of your mouth. Luckily, we provide many options that are perfect for correcting your tooth loss.
A dental bridge is a device that is used to replace missing teeth. The bridge attaches the artificial teeth onto the adjacent natural teeth. These are called abutment teeth. A bridge may be removable or permanently attached. A permanently attached bridge is known as a fixed bridge.
A Fixed Bridge is made by placing crowns over abutment teeth and bonding an artificial tooth in the middle to replace the missing tooth. The crowns on abutment teeth are permanently cemented and can only be removed by a dental professional. The artificial tooth that replaces the missing tooth is called a pontic. A Fixed Bridge offers more solidity than a removable bridge.
We also produce removable bridges that attach to your teeth with a metal clasp or by the use of precision attachments. These can be removed by the wearer and must be taken out to clean every day.
Your teeth must work as a team to complete normal, everyday functions such as speaking and eating. When you are missing one or more teeth, it can be difficult to accomplish these things. We know that you are probably wondering how to replace them, and a bridge is one way to restore both appearance and dental health.
A bridge, or fixed partial denture, fills the gap in the mouth where your teeth are missing. A fixed bridge is bonded into place by a professional and can only be removed by them. A removable bridge can be taken out by the wearer to be cleaned. A fixed bridge can offer more solidity than a detachable one.
We know that you want your oral health and your appearance to be the best that it can be! A bridge can do this for you. Wearing a bridge not only helps you chew and talk, it also improves your facial features. Missing teeth can make your face look more sunken in and older, so a bridge may be the best way to fix this issue.
Your dental health is, of course, another reason a bridge is important. When there are teeth missing, it can cause other teeth to shift, which can cause a number of disorders to occur. One of these disorders is an increased risk of gum disease and ugly gaps to form between other teeth. We can fit you for a bridge and eliminate this risk for you!
A missing tooth or teeth can also cause a person to experience a speech disorder. Their words may not be as clear when they talk, which can lead to embarrassment and difficulty at social or work functions.
Attaching a bridge is a process that we will complete in two appointments. Dr. Muneer will prepare the teeth on both sides of the gap on the first visit. A small portion of the dentin and the enamel will be removed.
Impressions of your teeth will be taken and then sent to the lab, where they will be used to construct your bridge. This is carefully completed, as a bridge must match your bite and opposing teeth and must be constructed slowly.
On the second appointment, we will cement the fixed bridge into place. Dr. Muneer will then check your bite to ensure proper function.
We construct our bridges from metal-free zirconia, porcelain, non-precious alloys, gold alloys, or a combination. Given the high amount of allergic reactions that are seen in the general population from metals, we highly recommend the stronger, metal-free option at Cosmetic Micro Dentistry.
You must always brush and floss your bridge and all of the surrounding teeth every day. The neighboring teeth support the bridge, so it is imperative to keep them clean. We will give you special instructions on how to care for your new bridge and give you sample of products that will help you maintain dental hygiene.