Missing teeth can be a serious problem. Not only can it impact on a person’s confidence, and make them feel embarrassed to talk or smile, but it can also affect the overall function of the teeth. Gaps can also give remaining teeth space to shift and take advantage of the space, which can cause previously straight and well aligned teeth to become twisted and spaced too far apart.
If you have missing teeth, it is important to think about a solution as soon as possible to prevent further problems from occurring. Dental bridges are a commonly recommended restoration for multiple missing teeth.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are devices that are designed to literally bridge gaps caused by missing teeth. Prosthetic teeth replace missing teeth in your smile, and these are anchored in using crowns placed on healthy teeth either side of the gap. The prosthetic teeth are usually referred to as pontics, and the anchor teeth are often referred to as abutment teeth.
For the bridge to be successful, you need to have teeth that are suitable to accept crowns on either side of the gap. The crowns and prosthetic teeth can be created in a color-matched porcelain finish meaning that they look discreet and natural in your mouth.
Reasons to have a dental bridge
We may recommend you have a dental bridge for a number of different reasons. A bridge can:
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting position
- Prevent other gaps from opening in your mouth
- Correct your bite
- Help you to bite and chew properly
- Align your jaw correctly
- Add definition to the shape of your face
- Restore your smile
At EQ Dental, we are pleased to be able to supply bridgework using the very latest imaging technology, which helps us provide an exemplary service. This includes the i-CAT Cone Beam, which gives us a comprehensive 3D view of the affected teeth that has impressive clarity. This helps us to plan your treatment with greater accuracy than ever before.
We also use E4D technology which captures the optical impressions of your teeth needed for your restorative dentistry procedure. The 3D CAD software helps us to draw up your custom-designed device, which can then be fabricated on site in as little as 90 minutes.
Dental bridge procedure
The process to receive your dental bridge is relatively straightforward. The teeth that are to be crowned and used as anchors for the bridge will first need to be prepared, and this may mean filing them down or building them up slightly, so that the crowns fit perfectly over the top. In the meantime, your bridge will be being created in our lab, custom-designed to fit your smile perfectly.
Once it is ready, it will be put into place and checked to ensure that it is a comfortable fit. We may secure it with a temporary adhesive at this stage so that you can have a ‘trial run’ with it and ensure you are completely happy with the fit and appearance, before we cement it permanently into place.
Dental bridges are a popular and effective way of restoring the function and appearance of your teeth. Many patients find that while their bridge may require some maintenance over the years, it is generally a robust solution that has very little impact on their day to day life.
Dr. Thomas Young and the team at EQ Dental are experienced in delivering exceptional quality dental bridge services to patients in and around the Keller, TX area. If you would like to discuss your candidacy for a dental bridge, or if you would like to find out more about any of our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable team.