Dental bridges replace one or more teeth that have been lost. They can be made from many different types of materials and are cemented on for a permanent fixed solution.
A dental bridge is one option that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a fixed prosthesis that is permanently cemented, usually to one tooth on either side of the space. Replacing these teeth is important not just for cosmetic reasons, but because the remaining teeth may drift into the space left by the missing tooth/teeth. In doing so they may rotate and move in a way that creates an imbalanced bite or an area of food impaction. This can result in TMJ or periodontal problems.
Creating and Fitting a Dental Bridge
To create a bridge, Dr. MacLean first closely studies the dentition. The tooth shape, size, color, position, strength, health, and bite are all evaluated as they greatly influence how the teeth will be involved in the bridge. After this careful evaluation the abutment teeth are reduced to the proper shape so that the "tooth" connections on each end of the bridge can fit over the newly prepared teeth. By doing this Dr. MacLean is creating the anchor points that will hold the bridge in place. At this point an impression is then taken and sent to a dental lab where the bridge will be fabricated in the exact color and material recommend by Dr. MacLean. A temporary bridge will be then be created while the permanent bridge is being made. This temporary bridge protects the abutment teeth, improves esthetics, and insures that the proper spacing is held. When the permanent bridge is returned from the lab it is carefully inspected by Dr. MacLean to make sure that the fit and esthetics are exact. If everything is correct the bridge is then cemented in place.
Dental Bridges - Longevity & Care
Dental bridges are usually supported by your real teeth. If these teeth are not carefully maintained, your bridge could develop decay underneath or periodontal problems could arise the anchor teeth which may ultimately lead to its failure. Good oral hygiene is important to avoid such a mishap. If properly cared for, dental bridges usually last for more than 15 years.
What is the Cost of a Dental Bridge
The cost of a dental bridge is highly variable. It depends on how many teeth are involved and the materials that are selected for its fabrication. To have an accurate estimate completed a consultation appointment with Dr. MacLean is required. At this appointment your different options will be carefully explained so that you can decide on what treatment is best for your needs