A dental bridge is a permeant restoration, known as a Fixed Partial Denture. It is used to fill spaces created by missing teeth. It is held in position by neighboring teeth or implants, ‘bridging’ the space to give you a complete and natural-looking smile. A bridge is the same material as a crown, and can be 3 or more crowns fused together.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
If missing teeth affect your ability to perform everyday functions or make you feel insecure, dental bridge treatment is a great solution. Dental bridge treatment offers both cosmetic and health benefits, including:
- Restoring your smile
- Improving your ability to chew and speak
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Distributing the force in your bite evenly
- Preventing adjacent teeth from shifting positions
Dental Bridge Treatment Procedure
After you have been found suitable for the procedure, Dr. Robichaux will prepare the teeth adjacent to the space, reshaping them to make room for the bridge to be placed over them. Next, we will capture impressions of your teeth and send them to our dental lab, taking care to ensure a proper fit and color match. Meanwhile, we will provide you with a temporary bridge to wear.
Once your new bridge has been received, we will attach it in position after checking it for perfect fit and bite. Your permanent bridge will be bonded by using a dental adhesive.
Dental bridges generally last between five to ten years. This differs from patient to patient and can depend on how well the bridge, and supporting teeth, are taken care of. You can expect dental bridges to last over ten years with an excellent oral hygiene routine and regular dental exams.
Aftercare of Dental Bridges
By following efficient oral hygiene practices, you can assist in prolonging the life of your dental bridge. It includes
- Brushing and cleaning your bridge restorations
- Avoiding hard and solid foods like ice or hard candy
To learn more about our dental bridge restorations, visit our office, Robichaux Family Dentistry, at 235 Corporate Dr, Houma, LA 70360. You can also reach us at (985) 580-3200.