Dental Bridges in Mexico
Try as we might, we can’t always avoid losing a tooth. Even if we take good care of our teeth and lead healthy, dental-friendly lives, accidents can always happen. Luckily there are many, many options available to us to day for replacing missing teeth.
One way dentists replace one or more adjacent missing teeth is with a procedure called a dental bridge. It’s a time-tested procedure that has been around for many years with predictable, reliable results.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a device that literally bridges a gap left by missing teeth. It’s made of two dental crowns with one or more fake teeth in between them. These dental crowns are either placed onto healthy teeth on either side of the gap, or onto dental implants.
Dental crowns are made out of a variety of materials. They can be made out of porcelain, alloy, gold, or even a combination.
How Are Dental Bridges Supported?
The most common method of supporting a dental crown is with the remaining healthy teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth are shaved down slightly so that the crowns can be placed on top of them. They then hold up the bridge of false teeth.
A popular option to day is to use dental implants to support a bridge instead. The number of implants will depend on the size of the gap, but is generally only two to three. These implants replace some of the missing teeth, and then support the bridge to cover up the remaining gaps.
Implant-supported dental bridges have a tendency to be more durable and longer-lasting than traditional tooth-supported dental bridges.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges have a host of restorative and cosmetic benefits. These include:
• Restoring your smile
• Giving you the ability to chew and speak properly
• Maintaining the natural shape of your face
• Prevent further damage to remaining teeth on the opposite side of your mouth through uneven distribution of bite force
• Prevent teeth on either side of the gap from drifting out of position.
What’s The Process Like?
The first visit after your initial consultations will involving preparing the supporting, or “abutment”, teeth. This involves reshaping the teeth by removing a little amount of enamel to allow the crown to fit properly.
Impressions are made of the teeth, from which the bridge is designed and manufactured. A temporary bridge is put in place until the permanent bridge can finish fabrication. Once the finished bridge is ready, there will be a period of checking and adjusting the bridge to ensure it fits properly. This stage can take multiple visits, depending on how many corrections need to be made.
After all corrections are finalized the finished bridge is then cemented into place.
If you have missing teeth and want to get them addressed, a dental bridge might be the ideal option for you. Contact our friendly staff today to book a consultation and find out if a dental bridge can help you.