If you have one or more missing teeth and it’s making you feel self-conscious, a dental bridge can help restore your smile. At The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Roswell, Georgia, Wyman B. Martin, DDS, uses bridges to replace damaged or missing teeth. Call to learn more about dental bridges or book an appointment online today.
A bridge is a dental device that restores your smile if you’re missing one or more teeth. It’s sometimes referred to as a fixed partial denture as it replaces missing natural teeth with artificial teeth to eliminate gaps.
A dental bridge provides numerous benefits, as it:
Bridges are made of porcelain, alloys, gold, ceramics or combinations of these materials. They’re attached to surrounding teeth for support.
During a thorough consultation, Dr. Martin lets you know which type of bridge best matches your needs. There are several main types, including:
You can take a removable bridge out of your mouth (like removable dentures) to clean it.
A fixed bridge isn’t removable and is attached firmly in place. Dr. Martin may cement it to surrounding teeth using crowns.
Implant-supported bridges are attached to implants, which are metal posts surgically placed in your jaw bone.
Receiving a dental bridge is generally a two-step process. During your first visit, Dr. Martin may:
If you require dental implants, Dr. Martin works with oral surgeons and periodontists to surgically place the implants and let the area heal before taking impressions of your teeth.
When your permanent bridge is ready, Dr. Martin removes your temporary bridge and places the new bridge. If it’s a permanent bridge, he cements it in place.
Caring for your bridge properly helps it last many years longer. Keep your bridge and natural teeth healthy by brushing twice daily and flossing every day. Attend regular professional teeth cleaning appointments as well. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other fiber-rich foods and avoid added sugar when possible.
When you’re ready to find out if a dental bridge can replace missing teeth and restore your smile, book a consultation with The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics by phone or online today.