A dental bridge might be part of a full mouth reconstruction. These dental restorations actually bridge the gaps between missing teeth. Bridges can be supported by the two teeth closest to the gap or it can be connected to implants. The artificial teeth that come with dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials like alloys, gold, silver, porcelain or platinum.
Dental bridges restore the function and appearance of missing teeth located next to each other. The benefits of having bridges installed during a full mouth reconstruction include the following:
Getting a dental bridge as part of a full mouth reconstruction starts with a consultation to determine if it is the right solution for the person. Once cleared, the teeth next to the gap are prepared for dental crowns. Fitting them with crowns provides a more stable base for the bridge. If there are no teeth next to the gap, dental implants can be installed.
An impression of the patient's teeth is taken and it is sent to dental technicians who make customized bridges. The process takes a couple of weeks, but the patient will be fitted with temporary crowns and a temporary bridge for the time being.
During the second appointment, the dentist will take off the temporary bridge and crowns in order to attach the customized ones. Adjustments will be made to ensure a good fit so that the patient is comfortable, thus completing the full mouth reconstruction process. Dental bridges can last up to 15 years if the patient practices good oral hygiene and visits a dentist twice a year for checkups.
Replacing missing teeth with dental bridges restores the patient's ability to speak properly and chew food. There might be a bit of an adjustment period while the patient gets used to the restoration. Dentists recommend starting off with soft foods while getting used to dental bridges.
Keeping real teeth healthy increases the longevity of dental bridges. Brushing twice a day and flossing once daily goes a long way when it comes to keeping teeth healthy. Adding an antibacterial mouthwash to one's brushing routine offers additional protection against oral bacteria.
One major benefit that comes with dental bridges is the fact it does not require any specialized cleaning, unlike other full mouth reconstruction procedures. Good oral hygiene and biannual dental visits will keep these restorations in good condition.
Interested in a full mouth reconstruction with dental bridges? Working with a general dentist is a great place to start. Reach out today to get started or to learn more!
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