Dental Bridge in Abilene, TX

Having a full set of teeth plays a vital role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth – as well as in your appearance.  The good news is, tooth loss doesn’t need to occur as you age, and if you do lose teeth most of the time, they can be replaced with a dental bridge.

A dental bridge replaces missing teeth. It is a small dental appliance, containing artificial teeth, which attach to the nearby natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges can be either fixed (permanently attached) or removable.

Just as you would guess by the term, fixed bridges are attached to the neighboring teeth.  This is done either by placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to those teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or other precision attachments.

A removable bridge can be taken out and cleaned. A fixed bridge, also called a fixed partial denture, is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.

Why Would Somebody Need a Bridge?

Your appearance, your ability to chew and to speak clearly are all affected by your teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge will help with all these functions.

While dental health is the most important reason for a bridge, another factor is that the loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

One of the worst problems associates with missing teeth is the Increased risk of gum disease – this can be minimized with a bridge.

Speech problems caused by missing teeth can also be corrected by the placement of a dental bridge.

Attaching a Dental Bridge

Creating and attaching a bridge usually takes two or three appointments to complete.

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

After the bridge has been made and arrived back from the lab, your dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap.  Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge. Next, (if it’s a fixed bridge) it will be cemented to the abutment teeth.  A false tooth or teeth will now replace the missing ones.

What Materials are Used for a Dental Bridge?

Bridges can be fabricated from porcelain gold alloys, non-precious alloys, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.

Taking Care of Your Bridge 

Proper brushing and flossing are need to keep your new bridge and the neighboring teeth clean and free of bacteria and debris. Proper dental hygiene is vital. The bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

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