What can a tooth supported dental bridge do?
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
What is the process in making a dental bridge?
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared to accommodate a bridge. The preparation involves shaping these teeth by removing a portion of the enamel. This allows room for the crowns to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your reshaped teeth are made. The impressions will then be used to make a model of your teeth, from which the dental lab can fabricate your new bridge. Drs. Horsley and Walker can make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth while your bridge is being made. During the second visit to Harvest Dental, your temporary bridge will be removed. The permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit, then it will be cemented into place.
How long does a dental bridge last?
You can expect your dental bridge in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, to last five to seven years. With excellent oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be well more than 10 years.
How do I care for my bridge?
It is important to keep the remaining teeth healthy and strong. The long-term success of the bridge is directly dependent on the foundation of the abutment teeth. Keeping these teeth in top condition by brushing and flossing twice a day will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to premature loss of your bridge and other teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and floss your teeth. Keeping your regular dental appointments will allow us to locate problems at an early stage—this is when treatment has a better outcome. Following a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important.
What are some other options?
Depending on a few factors, these may also be two options to replace a tooth that was lost.
- Dental Implant
- Partial Denture
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 469-812-7100 to learn more.