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BRIDGES

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.  If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Bridges can help restore your smile.
There are several types of bridges. Dr. Tsimidis will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth or abutment teeth. They are then attached to artificial teeth or the bridge, filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

What are some of benefits of having a bridge?

Restores your smile
Restores the ability to properly chew and speak
Maintains the shape of your face
Distributes the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevents remaining teeth from drifting out of position

What does the procedure involve?

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression or mold is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.  You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.


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