A bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more natural missing teeth, thereby bridging the space between two teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented into place next to the abutment teeth — the surrounding teeth on either side of the space, or span. Unlike removable partial dentures, fixed bridges cannot be taken out of the mouth by the patient.
Some of the reasons to receive a bridge are:
- To correct an altered bite
- To improve your chewing ability and speech
- To safeguard your dental health
- To prevent surrounding teeth to drift out of position
- To improve your appearance by preventing the collapse of facial features that can cause premature wrinkles and age lines
A fixed bridge is a device that typically consists of three units. The first is a pontic (false tooth), which is fused between two crowns, which are cemented onto the abutment teeth by our dentists, Dr. Vincas Sidrys and Dr. Matthew Garcia. If you are missing any teeth and are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene habits, you may be a good candidate for a bridge. A bridge is the most natural choice to fill the space in your mouth left by missing teeth.
If you maintain optimal oral hygiene care, you can expect your fixed bridge to last as eight or 10 years, or even longer. For more information on restorations, crowns or dental bridges in Durham, North Carolina, please contact Willowdaile Cosmetic and Family at 919-479-5800!