A dental bridge, also known as a fixed prosthesis, is an option if you have missing teeth. We can provide an evaluation and see if a bridge or another dental solution would be the best choice for your unique situation and preferences.
What Is a Fixed Dental Bridge?
A bridge fills in the space where missing teeth reside when you still have some healthy teeth intact. It is custom-made to fit the specifications of your mouth. First, Dr. Maze prepares the two natural teeth on either side of the gap. She then attaches the bridge to these two teeth, bridging the gap with natural-looking teeth. It’s also possible to attach a fixed bridge to just one tooth.
A fixed bridge is one that stays in place rather than being removable. Dr. Maze cements it in place to provide a permanent fix to the problem. The space is filled without needing to worry about removing your prosthesis.
The procedure takes a few visits, so Dr. Maze can prepare each natural tooth, take an impression or image of your mouth, have the bridge made, place a temporary bridge and then put in the permanent bridge. Once the bridge is attached, it becomes a permanent part of your mouth unless you have a dentist remove it.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges have certain benefits. While leaving missing teeth alone or using a removable prosthesis can result in problems like the healthy teeth shifting and the structure of your face and jaw changing, a fixed prosthesis offers a better solution. Bridging the gap keeps the natural teeth and jaw in their proper place. The bridge will feel natural, and once you’re used to it, you won’t notice its presence.
On a practical note, you don’t have to deal with the added hassle of removing and cleaning the prosthesis, leaving you with missing teeth until you put it back in. You will always have the natural-looking teeth in place, which fixes your bite and also gives a confidence boost when you look in the mirror or interact with other people.
Start With a Consultation
There are different types of fixed bridges available. The cantilever bridge is used with one healthy tooth, rather than bridging the gap between two. For a regular dental bridge, a dentist removes some of the healthy teeth to fit a crown on each one that supports the bridge, whereas a Maryland bridge is attached to the back of each healthy tooth without requiring changing the shape of the teeth.
During a consultation, our dental team can discuss the different types of bridges and other available dental solutions with you. We will work with you to determine the right solution to missing teeth that fits your needs and preferences. Call 330.668.1016 to make your appointment.
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