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Fixed Bridges

Most patients loose one or more teeth in their lifetime. The most well known way to replace a lost tooth is via a fixed bridge. Fixed bridges are custom made prosthetics that attach artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, known as abutment teeth. Fixed bridges can be permanently attached or be removable. Well designed bridges are difficult to distinguish from natural teeth.

Different types of bridges

A bridge is a device that fills the gaps between teeth due to a missing tooth. Fixed bridges are bonded well and can only be removed by dental experts. Removable bridges, on the other hand can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges give you more stability than the removable ones.

Reasons for a fixed bridge

Oral functionality and appearance are two prime factors for getting bridge. Bridges help to support your cheeks and lips. Missing teeth can cause your mouth to sink in and make you look older. Missing teeth can also affect your speaking ability and cause speech disorders. Increased risk of gum disease is one of the worst side effects of missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause unusual stress on gums and cause several tooth disorders. A bridge helps in
maintaining dental health and is a great way to restore your appearance.

The procedure

The bridge attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. In the first sitting, our dentist will prepare the tooth adjacent to the tooth by removing a portion of its enamel and dentin. To make sure the bridge matches the opposing teeth and ensures correct bite, it is very important that the bridge is fabricated correctly. The impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the lab where the bridge is constructed.

The fixed bridges are cemented to the natural teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A false tooth replaces the missing tooth. Crowns, cemented onto the natural tooth provide support for the bridge. A strict regime of brushing and flossing should be followed to keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is extremely important as the bridge relies on neighbouring teeth for support. To find out whether you are a candidate for a bridge, call us at: 516-616- 4800 and set up an appointment with our dental experts.

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