Did you lose a tooth? Are you just a little bit too old for the tooth fairy to come? Call on Mill Creek General Dentistry in Mill Creek, Washington instead. Dr. Kerry Olszewski can literally bridge the gap in your adult smile. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about dental bridges.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge, sometimes called a fixed partial denture, consists of two crowns, one on each side of the gap, and a false tooth in the middle called a pontic. They can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
What types of dental bridges are available?
- Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned like dentures.
- Traditional fixed bridges are the most common type of bridges and can only be removed by a dentist.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth.
- Maryland bonded bridges are fused to metal teeth supported by a metal framework. This is commonly used for missing front teeth.
How long do dental bridges last?
They can last 5-7 years or even longer. If you have excellent mouth hygiene, you can have a fixed bridge for over 10 years.
Is it hard to eat with a dental bridge?
On the contrary, bridges make it easier to eat. The bridge functions just as well as natural teeth, and this way you have more mandibles to chew your food.
Will the dental bridge change how I speak?
Like eating, a bridge will enhance your ability to talk, especially if you have missing teeth at the front of your mouth. Others may even notice your clearer speaking voice.
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