Missing teeth can cause problems with remaining teeth and overall oral health. When there are gaps between teeth, they can lead to gum disease and the remaining teeth can shift and move into the empty space. A bridge will fill the space one or more missing teeth, restore your bite and keep the natural shape of your face.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Bridges are cemented to natural teeth or implants and will span the space where the teeth are missing. You have an option of materials to choose from for your bridge, including gold alloys, non-precious metals, porcelain or a combination of these. Your dentist at Lynnwood Dental Excellence Center will help you determine the best material for your bridge.
Why Do I Need Dental Bridges?
Every tooth plays a role in keeping your mouth heathy and when one is missing, it can impact your overall oral health. When you’re missing a tooth, your teeth will move affecting your bite or placing more stress on your teeth, which can cause pain. Teeth that have moved can be harder to clean which will put you at risk for decay or disease. Your bone can also shrink when a tooth is missing and change the shape of your face, specifically how your jawbone supports your lips and cheeks.
What is The Procedure for Dental Bridges?
There are two types of dental bridges: a fixed bridge and a removable bridge. Fixed bridges bond the artificial teeth to the natural teeth or place crowns on the remaining teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges can be removed by an individual and are attached with metal clasps, as opposed to be bonded. Dr. Michael Yeh, Dr. Trisha Le and associates will create a plan for your procedure. Bridges can often take two to three appointments. Your teeth must first be prepared for the bridge and a mold has to be taken so the bridge can be created to perfectly fit your mouth. Once your bridge is fitted, it is important to follow a health oral care routine to keep your bridge, teeth and mouth healthy.