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Dental bridges are a common restorative dental solution designed to replace missing teeth, restore function, and enhance your smile. IKON Dental Group in Plainville, CT, specializes in delivering natural-looking and effective results with high-quality dental bridges.  Let us help you explore what dental bridges are, why you might need one, the benefits they offer, the process of getting a dental bridge, how to take care of your bridge, and how to schedule a consultation with us.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth by literally “bridging” the gap. It consists of one or more artificial teeth (referred to as pontics) that are anchored in place by crowns (also called abutments) on either side of the gap. These crowns are cemented onto the natural teeth or dental implants adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, gold, or metal alloys, often chosen for their durability and aesthetic match to natural teeth.

Why Might Someone Need a Bridge?

There are several reasons why someone might need a dental bridge. Missing teeth can cause a variety of oral health issues, including: 

  • Shifting of adjacent teeth 
  • Bite problems
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Speech impediments

Additionally, gaps from missing teeth can detract from the appearance of your smile and affect your confidence. A dental bridge not only fills the gap and restores function but also prevents these complications, helping to maintain the structure and integrity of your remaining teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges offer numerous benefits beyond just filling the gap left by missing teeth. They restore your ability to chew and speak properly, distribute bite forces evenly by replacing missing teeth, and prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position. Furthermore, dental bridges can significantly enhance the aesthetics of your smile, providing a natural look that blends seamlessly with your existing teeth. This restoration can also help maintain the shape of your face, preventing the sunken appearance that can occur with tooth loss.

What is the Process of Getting a Dental Bridge Like?

The process of getting a dental bridge typically involves a series of dental visits. During the first visit, the teeth surrounding where the future placement of the bridge are prepared by reshaping them to accommodate the crowns that will hold the bridge in place. Impressions of your teeth are then taken to create a model, which is sent to a dental laboratory where they will actually make the bridge. A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the permanent bridge is being made. During the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed, and the new custom bridge is fitted, adjusted, and permanently cemented in place. Follow-up visits may be needed to ensure the bridge fits comfortably and functions correctly.

How Do You Take Care of Your Dental Bridge?

Proper care of your dental bridge is crucial for its longevity and functionality. Good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly, is essential to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease, which can compromise the bridge and the supporting teeth. Special floss threaders can help clean under the pontics and around the abutments. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings at IKON Dental Group are also vital to monitor your bridge and surrounding teeth’ health. Additionally, avoiding hard or sticky foods can prevent damage to the bridge.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have missing teeth and are considering a dental bridge, schedule a consultation with IKON Dental Group today by filling out an online contact form! Our experienced team will assess your oral health and discuss your needs and goals to determine if a dental bridge is the right solution for you. With our personalized approach and commitment to high-quality care, we can help you achieve a functional, beautiful smile.