What is a dental bridge?
One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause a change in bite, shifting of the teeth, problems speaking, and a greater chance of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. There are several types of fixed dental bridges including:
- Conventional fixed bridges
- Cantilever bridges
- Resin-bonded bridges
How is tooth bonding done?
Dr. Daniel Mishaan, widely considered New York’s best dentist, recommends that your first step towards replacing missing teeth be to visit your dentist to get your mouth evaluated. Dr. Mishaan can examine the health of your gums and other teeth to decide if you are a proper candidate for a dental bridge. If everything checks out, the procedure can begin. First a local anesthetic is applied so Dr. Mishaan can prepare the surrounding teeth that are going to support the bridge. In some cases, the surrounding teeth are decay or broken and must be built back up or strengthened to properly support the bridge. Next, Dr. Mishaan takes an impression of the prepared teeth with a putty-like material that is used to create a model of your teeth. Your bridge is fabricated based on this model by a skilled lab technician so that it precisely fits the prepared teeth. It is important that your restoration fit perfectly to avoid additional oral health problems such as tooth decay. Finally, once the bridge is returned from the lab, Dr. Mishaan will fit and cement the bridge in place.
How long do the bonds last?
If you exercise proper dental hygiene and visit your dentist for regular checkups, your bridges can last for many years. There are a number of variables that can affect bridge longevity, though it is not uncommon for a dental bridge to last for 10 to 20 years..
How do I take care of my bridge?
It is important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important.