After you’ve experienced tooth loss, a dental bridge is a secure replacement device that restores your ability to eat, speak and smile. It also prevents surrounding teeth from drifting into the empty space, and increases facial volume, preventing the sunken appearance associated with missing teeth for a fuller, more youthful look. R. Troup Davis, DDS provides dental bridges in Naples — keep reading to learn more.
All About Bridges
Just like its name implies, a dental bridge creates a literal bridge over the space left by one, two or several missing teeth. Using two or more of the surrounding teeth as anchors, the bridge is secured by dental crowns on each side and the prosthetic teeth (or the “pontics”) fill the space in between. Fixed dental bridges can also be supported by dental implants — an option that encourages oral health and is more effective for replacing several missing teeth.
Dental bridges can be made up of ceramic, gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of any of these. The one that’s right for you will depend on your unique needs.
Procedure for Dental Bridges
If a dental bridge is the right tooth replacement for your smile, you can expect the procedure to be carried out over two or more visits with Dr. Davis. The first is for treatment planning and preparation, and the second is for the placement of your new dental bridge. Follow up visits may be necessary to achieve the best fit.
Preparation of the surrounding teeth (the abutments which anchor the bridge in the mouth) involves removing tooth enamel to make room for the dental crown. Dr. Davis will then make impressions of your teeth for the creation of your device in our trusted lab. Before you leave this initial appointment, a temporary device will be placed for you to wear while your crown and bridge are created.
In the second appointment, your device is ready for placement. Dr. Davis will remove your temporary bridge and check the new one for its final fit and make any adjustments as necessary. The bridge may be temporarily secured for a couple of weeks to make sure it fits just like it should before it’s cemented into place.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
After your dental bridge has been permanently placed, you’ll soon find it far easier to eat and speak than it was with missing teeth. It may take some time to get used to the device, though — stick to soft foods until you’ve adjusted to eating with your new dental bridge.
When cared for properly, you can expect your device to last for eight to 10 years. It’s just as important to keep the surrounding teeth clean as it is the bridge itself, because the success of the device depends on the healthy teeth around it. Brush for two minutes, at least twice a day, floss once a day and visit your dentist in Naples as recommended to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Place extra focus on the area around the base of your bridge, taking care to remove plaque and food particles from the gum line.
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If you’ve got questions about your existing dental bridge or dental prosthetic, or if it’s just been a while since your last checkup and cleaning with Dr. R. Troup Davis, get in touch with us today. Our Naples dental office serves patients from Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Marco Island and beyond. Request your visit today!
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