Bridges can help restore your smile and regain your self-confidence. Dental bridges “bridge” the gap created by one or two missing teeth. This type of restoration is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. You can have a bridge only if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. At our Philadelphia area practice, Dr Arhiri will discuss your situation as well as all associated costs, so you can decide whether you want to move forward.
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
What are the steps?
The abutment teeth are prepared. This means that Dr Arhiri will remove a little portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of your teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory that Premier Smiles uses. A temporary bridge is placed to protect your teeth and gums while the permanent bridge is being made.
In a couple of weeks, during the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be placed in your mouth. It will be adjusted to achieve a proper fit. And this is all.
A dental bridge can last 5 to 15 years and even more with good oral hygiene.
Care tips for bridges:
- use a proxy brush to clean around the bridge
- respect your regular checkups and professional cleanings
- floss daily
- brush your teeth twice a day, two minutes each time
- have a good nutrition
To conclude, dental bridges are an alternative when you have missing teeth. There are various different procedures in addition to bridges for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Arhiri is the first step toward determining the best course of treatment for you: 610.647.7611.