Bridges for your teeth are a device used to literally bridge the gap in your teeth. It’s made to replace one or more missing teeth with crowns on each side. This process requires at least two visits but it is well worth it to restore the full function of your mouth. Here at Monon Family Dental, we strive to provide the care and treatment you need to speak and eat properly.
Three ways your bridge can be supported include either the natural teeth, through implants, or a combination of both. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, bridges can be made with alloys, porcelain, gold, or a combination of materials. This is applied by your dentist in the form of a traditional (crowns connected to both surrounding teeth), cantilever (artificial tooth connected to a crown), or a Maryland (artificial tooth bonded to surrounding teeth).
When you first visit your dentist for a bridge, they will make a mold of the affected teeth and at your next visit, you will be fitted for your permanent bridge. A traditional or cantilever bridge will be cemented to natural teeth, and a Maryland bridge will be fixed into place with wings. Caring for your dental bridge is vital in preserving it for a long time. If you keep proper care of it, it can last up to 10 years.
With a dental bridge installment, you can fix any speaking or chewing difficulties after the loss of a tooth. Be sure to floss daily and brush twice a day to reduce the risk of decay and infections. Give Dr. Zachary Allmand and our dental professionals in Indianapolis, Indiana, a call at 317-846-6188 today!