Many people who are missing teeth feel embarrassed to smile, laugh, or talk. They may even have trouble eating. Missing teeth often cause pain and can lead to more serious problems. Dr. Clint Newman provides dental bridges to patients who experience these problems in order to restore their smiles and renew their confidence.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are permanent solutions to replacing missing teeth. By inserting a fixed bridge between the two teeth on either side of a gap, dental bridges hold an artificial tooth.
Bridges are used to:
- Close the gaps left by missing teeth
- Prevent teeth from drifting out of position
- Restore the aesthetics of the mouth
- Improve chewing and speaking ability
- Replace a temporary partial denture with a permanent solution
There are several types of dental bridges provided by Dr. Newman, and during your consultation you and he will establish which option is best suited for your situation. Traditionally, bridges are made up of porcelain and metal and include two crowns that anchor to the teeth surrounding a gap. An artificial tooth (pontic) fills the space from which the tooth is missing.
Understanding the Procedure
Dental bridges often require at least two office visits. During the consultation, the two anchoring teeth are filed and buffed to allow space for the crowns. A mold is then made of the site and is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridges are designed. Temporary bridges that can be worn for several weeks will be placed in the patient’s mouth while the permanent ones are being completed.
When the dental bridges arrive at our Nashville office, we will schedule your second visit during which the permanent dental bridges will be adjusted to fit perfectly then cemented to ensure a comfortable fit. Depending on the case, Dr. Newman can temporary cement the bridges to allow your teeth and tissue time to adjust to the new bridge and the bridges can be permanently cemented at a later time.
Caring for Your Dental Bridges
Once your dental bridges have been cemented, Dr. Newman will inform you about the hygienic habits required to maintain the functionality and durability of your restoration, along with the health of your teeth and gums. A special bridge flossing device will allow you to floss the areas surrounding your bridge and between the pontic and underlying gum tissue. Used daily, the flossing device can prevent plaque and bacteria build-up. Additionally, you should brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
If you are interested or have questions about Dr. Newman’s practice or the placement of dental bridges, we welcome you to contact our Nashville office.