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Dental Bridges – Hoover, AL

Natural Restorations
to Replace Missing Teeth

When it comes to the most basic tasks, including chewing and speaking, your teeth play an important role. They’re also responsible for helping you maintain proper alignment. While tooth loss is more common as you age, it doesn’t mean it can’t happen sooner in life. In the event that you do lose teeth, they can be replaced via dental bridges in Hoover, AL.

Why Choose Moulton Dentistry for Dental Bridges?

  • Emax and Zirconia Materials Utilized for Restorations
  • Dentist and Team Excited and Proud to Help Patients
  • Dental Office Caters to Families and Patients of All Ages

Dental Bridge Options

Animation of implant supported dental bridge

A common device used to replace missing teeth, dental bridges combine artificial crowns so they can be attached to adjacent teeth. The teeth that act as the foundation for your new bridge are known as abutment teeth. Bridges can also be designed to be fixed or removable, depending on your preference.

Fixed bridge treatment is performed either one of two ways: either the crowns are placed on abutment teeth or restorations are bonded directly to abutment teeth. If the bridge is removable, they are kept in place via precision metal clasps or with flexible resin clasps.

You may already understand the importance of teeth if you already suffer from tooth loss, especially when it comes to your appearance and dental health. Whether you’re eating or speaking, teeth are constantly working together. It becomes increasingly difficult to accomplish these simple tasks if you have missing teeth, which is why they can and should always be replaced. Fixed bridges are one of the most effective solutions for restoring your dental health and overall appearance.

What is a Bridge?

Bridges, also known as fixed partial dentures, are designed to fill the gap in your smile that appears as a result of tooth loss. Since they are bonded into place by the dentist, only they can safely remove them. In contrast, if the bridge is removable, it can be regularly taken out for cleaning. Keep in mind that choosing a fixed bridge ensures greater stability, compared to a restoration that’s designed to be removed.

Do I Need a Dental Bridge?

If you want your smile to be complete and maintain functionality of your mouth, you’ll likely want a bridge. Bridges don’t only make chewing and smiling easier; they provide support for your lips and cheeks. If you lose a back tooth, it can actually lead to premature sinking of your face, making you look older than you actually are.

Furthermore, bridges help you retain the best dental health possible. Teeth are truly meant to work harmoniously together, which means if they are missing, complications can occur. Disproportionate amounts of stress can be put on your oral structures, such as the gums or other oral tissue. It can even lead to potentially harmful disorders, such as TMD.

One of the most common side effects of tooth loss is an increased risk of gum disease. Thankfully, this can be minimized with the placement of a bridge.

Speech disorder can also develop, as teeth are responsible for making many of the sounds we use to speak certain words with clarity.

How is a Dental Bridge Attached?

Over the next two or three appointments, we’ll complete your bridge placement. During the first appointment, Dr. Moulton modifies your existing tooth structure on either side of the gap. This is done by removing a small amount of tooth enamel and dentin.

The bridge must be fabricated as precisely as possible so that your bite stays even and so the teeth on opposing sides of your mouth properly match it. To get the most accurate restoration possible, we take impressions of your modified teeth and send them to a dental lab. There, expert lab technicians construct your permanent bridge.

Typically, we adhere a fixed bridge to natural teeth sitting adjacent to the gap in your smile. False teeth, also known as pontics, are designed to replace your missing teeth. The dental crowns are cemented onto natural teeth, which allows for long-term support of the restoration.

What Materials are Used for Dental Bridges?

Dr. Moulton primarily uses metal-free bridges made of zirconia and porcelain. If additional support is needed gold or precious alloys are available.

How Do I Take Care of My Bridge?

Caring for your bridge starts with a dedicated oral care regimen at home. Always brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily. Make sure to keep all the areas of the bridge clean. Since the bridge relies on neighboring teeth for support, it is critical that you practice daily care.