Dental Bridges | Brentwood TN
Solution to Missing Teeth
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing dental crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
Why do I need a bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
How is a bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment Dr. Poss will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Poss Dental Designs
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My experience with Dr. Poss and his team was truly exceptional. They always took time to listen to me and addressed my questions and concerns graciously. Drawing near the end of my treatment my teeth look beautiful and my jaw pain and headaches are much improved. I am so thankful for all the work this team put in to seeing my goals met. I recommend them to anyone struggling with TMJ. They are great at what they do and a pleasure to be around.
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I had a dental appointment today to get a temporary crown on. Dr. Poss at Poss Dental Designs has been my dentist for almost a year and a half. I've had several crowns done by another dentist over the years whom I'd been with since I was 18 and really liked. I started going to Dr. Poss because he's the one I chose to get my 6 Month Smile braces done by--my former dentist didn't offer that service. So . . . what's with the post about it? Well, at 7:30 tonight I received a message from him, personally, on my cell making sure I was doing okay and to let me know if I needed anything to just call. THAT, my friends, is how you do business. If you live in locally, you won't go wrong with choosing him as your dentist. I highly recommend him. Oh! And his staff is also fantastic. 🙂
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Moving to a new city can be stressful, but I think finding a new dentist is my least favorite part of the process. Thankfully, Dr. Poss and his staff made the entire experience joyful and very convenient. For the first time, I'm actually looking forward to coming back to the dentist!
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