In the past, conventional prosthetic dentistry provided removable artificial tooth replacements in the form of removable partial and complete dentures. No doubt dentures provide a satisfactory replacement prosthesis for missing and lost natural teeth, but dentures have certain limitations and drawbacks.
Dentures are prone to dimensional changes and fracture owing to their removable nature and require too much care by the patient. Furthermore, dentures cannot completely prevent resorption of surrounding alveolar bone and become loose with the passage of time.
These problems warrant the replacement of dentures after a few years and increase the cost of treatment as a whole. Dr. Moyer provides fixed denture replacement prostheses to his patients in the form of dental bridges.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are devices which provide a fixed replacement for a lost or missing tooth by the placement of two or more dental crowns on adjacent natural teeth. The adjacent crowns provide stability and support to the artificial tooth replacing the empty socket. Adjacent teeth holding the supporting crowns are called abutments while the artificial tooth in between these abutments is called a pontic. Dental bridges function to restore aesthetics as well as function.
When do I need dental bridges?
Dental bridges are used to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth in an arch having adjacent healthy teeth for support. Adjacent teeth are prepared and somewhat reduced in all dimensions in order to provide space for the dental crowns. Dental bridges are not feasible for long span empty spaces in an arch.
What are the benefits and uses of dental bridges?
Various benefits and uses of dental bridges are:
• Restoration of function and aesthetics
• Restoration of a broken or fractured tooth
• Strengthening a weak tooth
• Restoration of chewing and speech disturbances caused by tooth loss
• Prevent tilting, drifting, and pathological migration of teeth
What is the procedure for getting dental bridges?
Dr. Moyer will take a complete history of the condition in addition to a thorough examination and radiographic assessment of the amount of remaining bone and the periodontal health of adjacent teeth before planning a dental bridge for your missing teeth. Following a satisfactory evaluation, an informed consent will be taken.
Abutment teeth will be prepared and reduced in size from all sides according to the requirement of crowns of the bridge. An impression of the prepared teeth and adjacent soft tissues will be recorded and sent to the dental lab. The dental laboratory technician will fabricate the dental bridge prosthesis according to the impression of the dental arch and instructions provided by Dr. Moyer. David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry will provide you with a state of the art, well-fitting dental bridge on your next visit.
How should I take care of my dental bridge prosthesis?
A dental bridge requires the same level of maintenance and cleaning as your natural teeth. Clean your dental bridge twice daily with the help of a standard toothbrush and toothpaste. The use of dental floss is recommended for cleaning between teeth. Meticulous oral hygiene measures will increase the life of your artificial tooth prosthesis.
What are the alternatives to dental bridges?
Dental bridges are not feasible for restoration of a long span of missing spaces. Furthermore, dental bridges require the removal of sound tooth structure from adjacent teeth for support. Recent advancements in dentistry have led to the development of dental implants which can be placed directly into the bone of the empty socket. Learn about the Fixed Implant Bridge solution if you're missing multiple teeth.
Visit David R. Moyer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, your own general and cosmetic dentist in Phoenix, Arizona, or make a call today at 480.935.6295
regarding consultation for a dental bridge.