Dental Bridges asheville nc

Even one or two missing teeth can dramatically impact your appearance, how well you can speak, and your ability to eat comfortably. Missing teeth can also contribute to gum disease and problems with your jawbone. For proper function, you should replace missing teeth as soon as possible. One of the most popular and affordable ways to replace missing teeth is a dental bridge.

Types of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are devices used to replace missing teeth. They attach artificial teeth to natural teeth (called abutments) and can be either fixed (permanently attached) or removable.

Fixed Bridges

Fixed bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures. They are attached to the abutment teeth by placing crowns over the abutment teeth or bonding the artificial teeth to the adjacent teeth. Traditional fixed bridges are made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic.

Removable Bridges

Removable bridges also use replacement teeth, but they are held in place by clasps or other precision attachments connecting to the abutment teeth on either side of the missing natural teeth. These can be removed for cleaning and are sometimes referred to as partial dentures.

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Dental Bridge FAQ

What is the difference between a fixed bridge and a removal bridge?

As the name suggests, the patient can easily remove a removable bridge for cleaning. A fixed bridge is bonded into place and cannot be removed by anyone other than a dental professional. A fixed bridge is more stable than a removable bridge.

Why do I need a dental bridge?

Permanent teeth replacement is essential to overall oral health. Eating, speaking, and chewing are more difficult if you have missing teeth and do not replace them. Over time, your jawbone deteriorates. Your face may take on a sunken appearance. Your remaining teeth will shift because of the empty tooth sockets left behind by the missing teeth.

Gum disease is one of the most significant risks if you do not replace missing teeth. Fortunately, dental bridges can restore your teeth and help maintain your oral health.

How is a dental bridge attached?

Precision placement and attachment of a dental bridge require two or three appointments. At the initial appointment, Dr. Abbott, Dr. Tompkins, or Dr. Hopper prepare the teeth on either side of the missing teeth to securely support the bridge. They remove part of the enamel and dentin from the adjacent teeth. Impressions of the teeth are then taken to ensure the dental lab can construct a bridge that looks like your natural teeth and fits comfortably.

Fixed bridges are cemented to your natural teeth using dental crowns to support the false teeth. Removable bridges are clamped or attached to the adjacent teeth with metal components that allow the bridge to be removed as needed.

What materials are used for dental bridges?

Various materials are used for bridges, including non-precious metal alloys, gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Many dental bridges are created by bonding porcelain to a metal alloy.

How do I care for my dental bridge?

If you have a fixed bridge, you need to brush and floss every day, preferably twice a day, to keep the bridge and your teeth clean. If you have a removable bridge, clean it as you would a denture to keep it clean and fresh. Most individuals clean their removable bridge at the same time they brush and floss their teeth.

How long do dental bridges last?

With proper care and regular checkups with your dentist, a dental bridge can last 10-15 years. Eventually, they need replacing due to normal wear and any changes in your oral structure that may impact their fit or comfort.

Is there an adjustment period with dental bridges?

For most people, getting used to their new teeth and any changes in their bite takes only a few days. It takes a few weeks to become accustomed to their dental bridges for others. During this time, avoiding excessively hot or cold foods can help with any tooth sensitivity.