Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges And How They Work

colorado-springs-dental-smiling-older-coupleA time-tested and reliable method of replacing one or more missing teeth is the dental bridge. Custom-fabricated and having a very natural look, Dental Bridges also give a proper feel to chewing and speaking and also to the bite of the upper and lower jaws.

Many times, dentist use Dental Bridges to affix replacement teeth to dental implants or remaining natural teeth. Constructed from porcelain, gold alloys, or both, bridges are attached to the teeth or to the jaw bone.

Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures as these restorations are very much like a permanent device, and they are very strong as well. Dental Bridges adhere well to either natural teeth or to dental implants.

Regarding care of Dental Bridges, much depends on how the appliance has been designed and fabricated. A removable bridge needs daily care on the part of the patient. Fixed bridgework must be maintained by dental professionals.

For most Dental Bridges, the replacement teeth are a bit smaller than their existing neighbors. The replacements are made this way because they fit better and hold the restorative materials better, too.

All bridgework must be brushed twice a day and flossed daily just as the patient would care for his natural teeth. Cleanings and dental exams are scheduled every 6 months or according to doctor recommendation. This routine care controls plaque and tartar build-up which cause decay, periodontal (gum) disease and loss of teeth.

When a tooth has a lot of decay, a dental crown may be the best course of treatment. The dental crown is cemented onto a dental implant or on a healthy natural tooth and roots.

When dental bridges cover a large gap between natural teeth, the dentist must carefully fit the prosthesis to fill that gap and assure that the supporting teeth are able to hold the appliance. Ante’s Rule or Law is a tooth to root ratio which the dentist uses to determine if the root structure is sufficient to hold the replacement teeth securely in place.