Your entire mouth is necessary for chewing, speaking, and maintaining the alignment of your other teeth. Age-related tooth loss is not inevitable, but if it does occur, it must be replaced for your mouth to function correctly. Fortunately, tooth loss is treatable.
In order to replace lost teeth, prosthetic teeth are attached to nearby healthy teeth, also referred to as "abutment teeth," using a bridge. Bridges come in two different varieties: fixed bridges and detachable bridges (removable bridges). Fixed bridges are created by either directly bonding the prosthetic teeth to the abutment teeth or crowning the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are fastened to the teeth using metal clasps or precise attachments. If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be aware of the significance of missing teeth on your appearance and dental health. Your teeth collaborate on a daily basis, from eating to speaking. When you don't have teeth, it's challenging to perform these tasks. Missing teeth can and ought to be restored. Fixed bridges are a great way to enhance the function and aesthetics of your teeth.
For both oral functionality and aesthetics, wearing a bridge is essential. A bridge holds up your lips and cheekbones. Your mouth may sag and your face may look older if a back tooth is gone. Dental health is the most important justification for a bridge. Teeth were designed to work well with one another. When teeth are missing, the gums and other oral tissues are subjected to extraordinary stressors, which can lead to a number of potentially dangerous disorders. An increased risk of gum disease, which can be decreased with a bridge, is one of the most major negative effects of missing teeth. Speech issues might result from missing teeth since many of the sounds we use to speak clearly are produced by our teeth.
Usually, the attachment procedure takes two or three meetings to complete. During the initial appointment, Dr. Michael Sherman and Silver Mountain Dental will remove a portion of the enamel and dentin from the teeth on either side of the gap. Impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge is constructed since the bridge needs to be produced with exceptional precision to ensure good bite and match the opposing tooth. Fixed bridges are frequently attached to the healthy teeth next to the space left by a lost tooth. A pontic fills the space left by the missing tooth (fake tooth). Crowns that are cemented onto the natural teeth serve as the bridge's supports.
Bridges can be made of porcelain, non-precious alloys, gold alloys, or a combination of these materials. Both precious and non-precious metals are regularly used to connect porcelain.
The bridge and adjacent teeth can be kept clean by regularly brushing and flossing. This is significant since the integrity of the bridge depends on the adjacent teeth.