With the growing popularity and demand for cosmetic dentistry, dental bridges have become a common dental treatment. Here at Rocky Ridge Dental, we regularly recommend and carry out dental bridging procedures to help our patients achieve better smiles.
Dental bridges provide a long-term dental solution for missing or damaged teeth.
Fixed dental bridges replace missing teeth by permanently affixing an artificial tooth to both of its neighboring real teeth.
By attaching the artificial tooth in this way, you avoid the need to go through the complex and time consuming dental implant process, which involves grafting an artificial base into the jaw bone. This part of the dental implant process is complex and expensive, and dental fixed bridges eliminate the need for it entirely.
With a dental fixed bridge, things are much simpler.
In order to attach the artificial tooth to the neighboring teeth, your dentist will need to fit crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap where the new tooth will be placed.
A mold is then taken of the mouth and a new artificial tooth is custom made to fit precisely in the gap on either side of the two new crowns.
The artificial tooth is then attached to the crowns and secured in place.
Dental bridges look natural and resist decay
At Rocky Ridge Dental, all of our dental bridges are made from porcelain, which is strong, resists decay, and can be made to match the exact hue of your existing teeth for a more natural-looking smile.
By taking the time to carefully match the color of your existing teeth, our experienced cosmetic dentists will ensure that your finished smile looks as natural and flawless as possible.
Porcelain material is also naturally strong and does not decay, so your dental fixed bridge will not only look great, but it will also last a long time.
Dental Bridges Offer A Faster Solution Than Dental Implants
Dental fixed bridges also save patients a significant amount of time in the treatment process, allowing them to achieve a better smile sooner.
Implants are complicated and the initial fixture requires time to properly integrate itself into the jaw bone and provide a secure base for the rest of the implant to be attached to.
A fixed dental bridge on the other hand uses the natural teeth on either side as its anchors, therefore eliminating a sizable chunk of the process altogether.
Caring For A Dental Bridge
As always, maintaining great oral health and hygiene with regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing is essential.
Providing you take the time to care for your dental bridge correctly, it should last you for many years to come.
Always remember that whilst the artificial porcelain itself is hard and won’t easily decay, what’s keeping it in your mouth is the health of the two teeth it’s attached to.
Maintaining great oral hygiene will help to keep those anchor teeth strong and healthy and secure your dental bridge in place for a long time to come.