What Is A Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a permanent solution to replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth. A bridge is compromised of multiple crowns, usually three, and sometimes more, that are fused together. Dental bridges are important not only for aesthetics, but also for your overall dental health.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
1. Traditional Dental Bridge
2. Cantilever Dental Bridge
3. Maryland Dental Bridge
Dr. Naidu will assess which type of bridge is necessary once he examines your mouth at your initial consultation.
The bridge appliance is made up of two crowns and a false tooth that is fused between them. To prepare the site, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are precisely shaped and fitted with crowns, and an impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory.
A strong temporary, tooth-colored bridge is fabricated in the office that matches the size and color of your existing teeth, and you will wear this until your permanent bridge arrives. During this time, you may be asked to use caution when eating certain foods. While the temporary bridge is strong, the adhesive used may not hold up to eating certain sticky foods, like hard candy or gum.
Once your permanent bridge is ready, Dr. Naidu will remove the temporary bridge and cement the bridge in permanently. The bridge should fit perfectly in place, but Dr. Naidu will make any small adjustments at that time to ensure the fit is correct.
This will then restore function and allow you to chew food more efficiently and give you the cosmetic benefit of replacing a missing tooth.
Contact Naidu Dental in Bradenton, Florida today to schedule your consultation!