What do you know about the dental bridges that fill the spaces of missing teeth? Do you know that bridges are also called fixed partial dentures? Do you know that bridges are fastened to crowns that are placed on the teeth surrounding the gap? If you are about to receive bridges, here are a few of things you need to know.
How Bridges Benefit Dental Health
A missing tooth can create several problems in your mouth. Having a dental bridge can remedy many of these issues by:
- Reducing strain on the adjacent teeth.
- Preventing teeth from shifting
- Correcting speech and chewing problems caused by missing teeth.
- Helping to keep a bite straight.
What Bridges Are Made Of
There are three materials bridges are usually made of:
These materials all have different benefits. You dentist will help you decide whether you should choose a stronger gold bridge, a tooth-colored porcelain one, or a combination of these materials.
How Bridges Are Attached
Traditional fixed bridges will usually follow an attachment process like this:
- The teeth surrounding the gap are filed down to make room for their crowns.
- An impression is made of your teeth.
- The bridge and crowns are created.
- The fit of these dental restorations is checked and altered as needed.
- The crowns and bridges are cemented in place.