If you have one or more missing teeth is can greatly affect the appearance and functionality of your mouth. It can cause shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a change in bite, a risk for periodontal disease and tooth decay and speech impediments. The dental fix for missing teeth is often bridges.

Types of Dental Bridges;

  • Conventional Fixed – This bridge is typically made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
  • Cantilever – This bridge supports a replacement tooth from one side.
  • Resin Bonded – This bridge is used in the front of the mouth. It is a false tooth fused to metal bands and attached to adjacent teeth with resin.

Consultation/Planning

After your dentist in Westborough determines that a bridge is necessary to replace a missing tooth or teeth, he will advise of the best materials available for your specific situation. The dentist will take into consideration where the bridge will be placed and if you grind or clench your teeth. Bridges are typically fabricated from porcelain and metal, porcelain and gold or metal-free alternatives such as alumina or zirconia.

The Procedure

It will take a minimum of two visits for your local dentist to complete your bridge work. The first visit may consist of filing down the abutment teeth when the second step is for the dentist to take an impression. This will ensure the laboratory has an exact mold to use when they create your permanent bridge. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge to protect exposed teeth while the permanent version is being completed by the lab. During the second visit to your family dentistry clinic in Westborough, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be put in place.

How Long Will It Last?

If you practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice per day and flossing, your bridge can last for more than ten years. It’s also important to attend regular cleanings and check-ups at All Dental where we provide dental services in Westborough.

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