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 restoration 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.
Traditional Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges require the alteration of adjacent teeth to provide the necessary support.
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.
Dr. Clint Newman provides dental bridges to replace missing teeth and restore your confidence.
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. Learn more about the dental bridge treatment process.
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.
Dr. Clint Newman is a renowned cosmetic dentist who combines advanced technology with a keen eye for detail to provide his patients with outstanding results. In addition to being the preferred dental provider of the Tennessee Titans, Dr. Newman is a part of several organizations, including the: