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A bridge is a custom-made replacement for one or more missing teeth that literally “bridges the gap.” Artificial teeth are attached to gum-colored plastic bases. The bases are attached to a framework supported by abutments.
There are two types of bridges: removable and fixed. With proper care, the life of a bridge is 10-20 years. Typically, two office visits are required to prepare, complete, and fit a permanent bridge.
A bridge is often prescribed:
- - When one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the gap
- - As part of a dental restoration plan after the removal of damaged, decayed, or broken teeth
A removable bridge is detached by its wearer for daily cleaning and at bedtime. It is prescribed when:
- -Teeth adjacent to the gap are weak
- -There are multiple missing teeth
- -There are no posterior teeth to provide an anchor for the bridge
A fixed bridge provides greater stability than a removable bridge because it is permanently anchored to abutments by use of bonding or a crown. Only a Dentist or Specialist can remove it. Fixed bridges must be cleaned daily using dental floss and a specially made aid.
After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your Dentist will discuss treatment options and answer your questions. If the agreed-upon treatment is a dental bridge, here’s what to expect:
- -A local anesthetic is applied so your Dentist can prepare the abutments. If an abutment tooth is decayed or broken, your Dentist may first need to rebuild and protect it with a crown.
- -A putty-like material is used to make an impression of your prepared teeth. Your bridge will be fabricated for a precise fit based on this impression.
- -To protect your teeth and gums until your permanent bridge is ready, your Dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge.
- -During a second office visit, your Dentist will fit and attach your permanent bridge.
- -Having one or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health. Specifically, missing teeth can cause:
- -A shift in the alignment of your teeth
- -Increased risk of periodontal disease
- -Loss of adjacent teeth
- -Speech disorders
What Are Dental Bridges?
- -Like dental implants, dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth, except bridges are supported by the teeth on either side called abutment teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Bridges?
Like many cosmetic dental procedures, placing bridges also serves a restorative purpose. A dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak as well as your smile.
Are Bridges Covered By My Dental Insurance?
Dental bridges are typically partially covered by insurers. Ask your dentist to find out exactly how much you will have to pay out of pocket.
To find out more about bridges or to schedule an appointment, call NY Dental Office today!
Depending on the type of treatment you have received for your dental problem, it might be necessary to:
- -Have your tooth restored to its original size and shape
- -Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
- -Get a complete “makeover” on the affected tooth
For cases like these, a crown is the most logical option.
While inlays and outlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth and fillings fill in the empty space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth – which is why they are sometimes referred to as “caps.” A part of your tooth remains but is essentially “rebuilt” to resemble the tooth at its exterior.