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If you’re missing teeth, a bridge is a permanent replacement option, and is popular among people who are missing teeth due to an accident, injury, or gum disease. There are several types of bridges, so it’s important to meet with your dentist about which is right for you. During your appointment, you and Dr. Whitney can discuss the best options for your particular case.
by Dr. Jacob Whitney
Types of Dental Bridges
The style of bridge you get will depend upon the location of the missing tooth, and the strength and health of your adjacent teeth. Bridges not only fills the space, they also prevent shifting of your remaining teeth. Bridges can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.
The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. In the front of the mouth where cosmetics are a large concern, bridges can be made with full porcelain to provide superior aesthetics.
Your Dental Bridge Appointment
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numbed, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, an impression, also known as a mold, is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.
In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment. At the second visit, our Dentist will place your permanent bridge. Your bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
We at Sand Springs Family Dentistry will work with you to decide if a dental bridge is the right tooth replacement option you. Contact our offices at (918) 245-5979.