Your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. If you do experience tooth loss, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, we offer several options for correcting missing teeth.
A bridge attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called an abutment. Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Also, unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders, such as speech disorders and an increased risk of gum disease.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth, or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
Following the procedure, a daily regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is crucial, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.