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Bridging Your Smile
Porcelain bridges are used to “bridge” gaps between one or more of your teeth.
It consists of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and is supported by your natural teeth or implants.
Porcelain bridges are used for a number of reasons:
- Give you a beautiful smile
- Keep the shape of your face
- Help you chew and talk
- Distribute the force of your bite evenly
- Prevent your teeth from drifting out of their position
- Prevent TMJ/TMD
The Process of Porcelain Bridges
First, Dr. Gatgens will prepare your teeth for the porcelain bridges. This can involve recontouring teeth which means a portion of your tooth enamel will be removed so there’s room for a crown to be placed over.
Next, teeth impressions are taken to serve as a model for the bridge and other elements. Impressions are sent to the dental lab and in your second dentist visit, a new porcelain bridge will be adjusted so you get a perfect fit.
It can take a few visits till you feel comfortable with the fit, that’s why it’s really important to work with a cosmetic dentistry pro.
While your impressions are at the dental lab, your dentist will affix temporary bridges so your exposed teeth and gums are protected.
Living With Porcelain Bridges
Porcelain bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, and even longer with good oral hygiene. If you have regular checkups and take care of any dental treatment needed immediately, your porcelain bridges should be fine.
Also, you might need to take a bit of time to get used to them, so it’s best to eat soft foods until you’re comfortable eating. Make sure to floss and remove plaque daily to prevent cavities and gum disease which can lead to many complications.
If you’re thinking of getting bridges and live in the Dickson, TN, area, visit Accent Smile Center for an experienced team in cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Gatgens is a University of Tennessee School of dentistry and a member of multiple dental Associations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Call (615) 800-3161 for your next dental appointment.