Replacing One or More Missing Teeth

Teeth need each otherfor support, which is why a missing tooth can lead to further tooth decay,misalignment and periodontal disease. A three-unit bridge consists of anartificial tooth connected to a dental crown on either end. The crowns fit overneighboring teeth, holding the bridge in place and providing support for thenew tooth.

All of your teeth playan important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment ofother teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age,but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function ofyour mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.

Dental Bridge Options

A dental bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth —attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth.Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can beremovable.

Fixed bridges areapplied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding theartificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attachedto the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

If you’re missing one ormore teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dentalhealth. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating tospeaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teethcan and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore yourdental health and appearance.

Please call 626-792-4300 with questions about Dental Bridgesor to make an appointment with Dr. Haddad.

What exactly is adental bridge or fixed partial denture?

A dental bridge (fixedpartial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixedbridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional.Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixedbridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.

Why do I need a dental bridge?

Oral functionality andappearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A dental bridge helpssupport your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth tosink and your face to look older.

Dental health is themost important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement eachother. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues whenteeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

Increased risk of gumdisease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and canbe minimized with a bridge.

Missing teeth can causespeech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speakclearly.

How is a dental bridge attached?

The attachment procedureusually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointmentDr. Haddad will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing aportion of the enamel and dentin.

Since the bridge must befabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposingtooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridgewill be constructed.

Fixed bridges aretypically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missingtooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cementedonto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

What materials are used?

Bridges can beconstructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combinationof these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-preciousmetal.

How do I take care of my dental bridge?

A strict regimen ofbrushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This isof critical importance as the dental bridge relies on the neighboring teeth forsupport.w