At Woodcreek Dental we use bridges to fill up spaces left when you have lost a couple of adjacent teeth. They are also used when a series of adjacent teeth on a jaw is damaged. Nobody wants to be walking around with large tooth gaps in their mouth. Bridges are more like a series of attached crowns. Bridges are mainly inserted to strengthen the teeth, as well as improve your appearance.
Bridging is a simple procedure and has many similarities to that of crowning. Our experienced dentists will provide you with the perfect set of bridges. Bridges can be made of various materials. You can opt for gold, silver, ceramic, or porcelain bridges. Bridges can also be used on dental implants when the implants are being planted in a significant tooth gap.
How Do Bridges Work?
Bridges fit over the damaged teeth in the same way as crowns. Each of the damaged teeth will be covered by the bridge. The bridge protects everything underneath it and holds the damaged teeth intact. Bridges are cemented permanently onto the damaged teeth, and they function just like ordinary teeth. You can chew, and speak, just as you used to with natural teeth.
As mentioned earlier, bridges can be made of several different materials. Gold is an expensive choice, but it is the best since it is quite durable. A gold bridge will remain in perfect condition for up to 20 years. Porcelain bridges are also quite expensive. Many people prefer them for their pearly white color. They are easy to match to the natural color of your teeth as well. Silver and ceramic are cheaper options if you do not have enough money to go for gold or porcelain.
Bridges are designed to be strong and resilient. They function just like your natural teeth. Bridges are very effective in restoring cosmetic appearance. They also help to maintain the structural integrity of your jaws. When tooth gaps are left in your jaws, the other teeth tend to get misaligned. A bridge will prevent this from happening.
The Bridging Procedure
As mentioned earlier, bridging is a simple procedure that is often completed within two appointments. On the first day, our dentist will treat your damaged teeth, and prepare them to receive the bridge. The procedure has to conducted while you are under local anesthesia. It may involve drilling and filling your teeth, actions that may prove uncomfortable.
The damaged teeth are shaped like anchors to accommodate the bridges. If the teeth are severely damaged, an extra attachment called an abutment might be installed to connect with the bridges properly. Our dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth gap and teeth, and send it to a lab. The bridge will be manufactured in the lab. You will have to make do with a temporary bridge in the meantime as the permanent bridge is being manufactured.
Once the bridge is ready, you will see our dentist once more to get it attached. The bridge is permanently attached using a special adhesive. Call us at Woodcreek Dental at (805) 482-6389 and talk to one of our experts to find out more about bridges.