Dental bridges are dental devices that are designed to replace one to two teeth. These dental devices are typically made from metal and high quality plastic. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are attached to the top, creating the look of natural teeth. Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, will determine if a bridge is the right option for your missing teeth.
Dental bridges can be fixed or removable. Fixed dental bridges are attached to the adjacent teeth with metal bands covered by crowns. First, Dr. Frame will file down the adjacent teeth and place the bridge. He will fit the bands connected to the bridge over the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place. Then, he will cover the teeth with crowns to hold the bridge in place and to protect the teeth from damage. Fixed dental bridges can last for several years in many instances.
Removable dental bridges can be removed for cleaning. These bridges typically attach to the neighboring teeth with clasps or precision attachments. In some cases, Dr. Frame may still recommend that the neighboring teeth are covered with dental crowns to improve the fit of the bridge. However, in many cases the removable bridge can attach to your natural teeth.
Dental bridges offer several advantages over leaving the gums bare. If the tooth is not replaced, the adjacent teeth will shift into the open spot over time. This can cause problems with the alignment of your teeth and affect your bite. In addition, a dental bridge can help prevent further problems with tooth decay and periodontal disease. Dental bridges can also improve the look of your smile, improve your speech, and prevent problems with chewing.
If for any reason Dr. Frame determines that a bridge is not suitable for your needs, or if you prefer an even more lasting solution for your missing tooth, Dr. Frame may recommend a dental implant. Dental implants are artificial roots made from biocompatible metal that are implanted into the jaw bone. The implants hold a crown, which replaces the missing tooth.
If you have a missing tooth, contact Dr. Frame to learn if a bridge or another dental device is right for you. Dr. Frame will examine your jaw and recommend an option for replacing the tooth and restoring your smile.
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