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The Dental Bridge Procedure
There are a few different circumstances that may lead to a gap in your teeth. These may include a tooth falling out, being knocked out or even needing to be extracted. Whatever the case may be, it’s extremely important to have a tooth replaced once it is missing. There are a few different replacement options to choose from—one being a dental bridge.
What a Dental Bridge Is
A dental bridge is a dental appliance that “bridges” the gap between one or more missing teeth. This is done by placing abutments (crowns) on healthy teeth that are attached to a pontic (false tooth or teeth).
There are three common types of dental bridges that all serve their individual purposes. These include: traditional, Maryland and cantilever. While a traditional bridge is the most common, Maryland or cantilever may be used depending on the individual needs of the patient, and which bridge the dentist believes would be best.
Deciding If a Bridge Is the Right Option
Because there are different tooth replacement options, the decision needs to be made of which replacement option is best for the patient. This will depend on the nature of the damage to the tooth or teeth, the health of the jawbone and other factors. If the jawbone is still strong, a dentist may choose to install an implant. If the jawbone is compromised or damaged, though, a bridge may be the best option. If a lot of teeth need to be extracted, the dentist may decide that dentures are the way to go.
If a tooth needs to be extracted, speak with your dentist beforehand about the replacement options that you have. If a tooth is knocked out, damaged or falls out, your dentist will x-ray the area and will let you know your options for treatment.
The Procedure of Having a Bridge Created and Placed
The procedure starts with setting an appointment with your dentist. Make sure that, if there is a dental emergency, you set an appointment as soon as possible. You may still be able to save the tooth or teeth that are affected if you set an appointment soon enough.
Once your dentist decides that a dental bridge is the best option, they will begin the procedure of creating a bridge. Your dentist will reshape the tooth or teeth that the crown or crowns (abutments) will be placed on. From there, they will make an impression. They will then send the impression out to have the bridge created for your specific mouth.
Once the appliance is created, it will be sent back to the dentist for placement. Your dentist will check to make sure that your dental bridge is a good fit, and that it matches the shade and color of the surrounding teeth. They will also check your bite. If the appliance fits well, your dentist will place the bridge with cement. Make sure to set an appointment as soon as possible if a tooth is damaged or falls out. Your dentist will then decide if a bridge is right for you.
Dental Bridges are an amazing investment if they're right for you. Contact Iowa Dental Group Today to see if we can help bring health an happiness to your smile.
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