Dental Bridges

Why do I need a bridge?

When teeth are missing, a fixed bridge is a good choice for replacing them. A dental bridge is a great option to maintain a stable bite and restore your beautiful smile. It can also prevent a chain reaction of problems including:

  • Shifting teeth
  • Difficulty keeping teeth free of plaque and bacteria
  • Loss of bone in the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Grinding and clenching
  • Pain in the jaw joint, the TMJ

Teeth need each other for support. When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing the teeth to shift. In addition, the opposing teeth no longer have anything to chew against, so they may begin to extrude out of their sockets. These changes create places around the teeth that are hard to keep clean, so plague and bacteria accumulate quickly. This accumulation can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Changes in the bite can also put improper chewing forces on the shifted teeth, and this can lead to loose teeth and loss of jawbone, especially when periodontal disease is already present in your mouth. An uneven bite makes it harder to chew your food and may lead to grinding and clenching. A bad bite can also create painful problems with your jaw joint, the TMJ.

The Procedure:

A bridge fills in the space of the missing tooth, using the adjacent teeth for support. These teeth will be reduced and contoured, and then we will take a precise impression of your teeth. Using this impression, the dental lab will make a model, and it’s on this model that your bridge is created.

What will my new bridge look like?

We will consider the function as well as the appearance of your replacement teeth when we select the material for your new bridge. We may use porcelain, acrylic, gold or other alloys, or a combination of these materials, depending on your situation. Your new bridge is completely customizable and we match the shade and shape of your teeth.

To determine if a bridge is right for you, we at Chalfont Dental Care will perform a thorough examination to make sure that the surrounding teeth are healthy and can provide a strong foundation for a bridge.

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