Dental bridges are known to be the simplest teeth restoratives. They are ceramic tooth restorations that can be customized to match the color and shape of the missing teeth. They also perfectly restore the functionality of the mouth, which makes them highly sought-after in the world of dentistry.
Why should missing teeth be restored?
A missing tooth ruins one’s smile completely. Imagine having to attend a party or an official gathering with a missing tooth that is too apparent. The embarrassment that you could face is just unimaginable!
Biting and chewing food would seem more uncomfortable and painful as unequal stresses would be applied to the teeth. Over time, the teeth right next to the gap could wear too much.
A gap would be left in the jawbone when a tooth is extracted. This allows the remaining teeth to drift from their orthodontically correct positions, thereby giving rise to a malocclusion.
Drifting of teeth and jawbone deterioration can lead to loosening of the teeth from their sockets. This can give rise to further tooth loss.
Structure of a dental bridge
A bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth that is made from a tooth-colored ceramic material that is specifically used for dental purposes. It is coupled with ceramic crowns on either side in order to hold it in place. The crowns would fit on the teeth adjacent to the gap, thereby providing the required anchorage. The ceramic prosthetic can be made to perfectly mimic the color, structure, contour, and translucency of natural teeth.
The dentist would conduct an initial visual screening. Digital scans, x-rays, and photographs of the teeth would be taken to determine the gap available for placing the bridge. They also provide data regarding jawbone deterioration, drifting of teeth, etc. A thin layer of enamel will be removed from the adjacent teeth in order to accommodate the crowns. A digital mold will be taken and used as a reference to fabricate the bridge at our practice using CEREC.
Once the bridge is fabricated and ready for bonding, the teeth will be cleaned and prepared for receiving the restoration. They will be etched using an etching solution prior to bonding the bridge. Dental adhesives will be used to bond the prosthetic tooth in place. After this, a bite test will be conducted and any alterations required will be made.
Call us at (850) 763-4545 or schedule an online appointment with Arzu Esroy, D.M.D. and we’ll be able to guide you further.