Restore Missing Teeth
Versatile Restorations with Extra Security
If you’re missing one or more adjacent teeth in Forest Lake, a dental bridge from Forest Lake dentist Dr. Jonathan Siverson may be just what you need. Dental bridges are a long-lasting alternative to partial dentures, and are more affordable than dental implants. Call us today at (651) 464-8207 to schedule an appointment.
Understanding The Basics
What Are Dental Bridges Made Of?
Dental bridges are usually made of porcelain and metal. A bridge consists of two crowns that attach to healthy “abutment” teeth, or teeth that are adjacent to your missing tooth. These crowns are attached using a metal framework, which suspends a false tooth (pontic) in the gap that’s been left behind by your missing tooth. This literally “bridges” the gap, which is where the term “dental bridge” comes from.
Porcelain is used because it is similar to enamel in durability, appearance, and hardness. Metal is typically used to support the porcelain because it’s more flexible and easier to work with, though some modern bridges are made entirely of porcelain.
What To Expect
The Dental Bridge Procedure
Dental bridge placement takes two appointments over a period of several weeks. After you’re approved for a dental bridge, you’ll come into our office to have your teeth prepared. Dr. Siverson will clean and numb your mouth, and remove enamel from your abutment teeth to prepare them for dental crowns.
Once your teeth have been prepared, Dr. Siverson will take dental impressions of your teeth using a special putty. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab, where your crown will be built. In the meantime, Dr. Siverson will place two temporary crowns to protect your teeth, and you’ll be sent home.
You will come back in 2-3 weeks when your permanent bridge has been finished and sent to our Forest Lake dental office. Then, it will be checked for the proper fit. If everything looks good, Dr. Siverson will bond the bridge in place permanently with dental cement, completing the procedure.
The Average Lifespan of Bridges
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Depending on how well you care for your dental bridge, you can expect it to last anywhere from 5-15 years. An average lifespan of about 10 years is typical for most bridges. This lifespan is longer than that of a partial denture, but shorter than that of a dental implant.
Will I Have To Make Any Adjustments?
Eating With Dental Bridges
For the most part, you won’t have to make any adjustments when eating with dental bridges. Your bridge will be firmly anchored in place, and will not move or shift while you eat, which is one of the biggest benefits of a bridge compared to a partial denture.
To prolong the lifespan of your dental bridge, however, you should make sure that you avoid eating excessively sticky and hard foods that could damage it. You’ll also need to make sure you clean your bridge properly every day, to prevent the buildup of food debris, bacteria, and plaque. Dr. Siverson will give you more information about cleaning and maintaining dental bridges during your consultation at Forest Lake Smiles.