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There are many options in dentistry today for missing teeth replacement. A dental bridge is just one such option, and today I’d like to explain the benefits of fixed bridges. A fixed (non-removable) bridge is durable and creates an excellent replacement for missing teeth.

You may already know that the Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist offers several different types of bridges. You’re probably most familiar with a “traditional bridge” which is composed of porcelain fused to metal.  The traditional bridge usually involves two crowns that are placed on two adjacent teeth and are then attached to an artificial tooth (pontic). This creates a “bridge” that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

You and your dentist may decide on a fixed bridge for any of the following reasons:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Prevent drifting of remaining teeth
  • Restore ability to chew and/or speak clearly
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture

Placement of a fixed bridge will generally require two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of enamel, allowing room for a crown.  Next, your Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This mold is then sent to a dental lab where a custom-fit bridge will be created specifically to fit your teeth and accommodate your bite. You will leave your first appointment with a temporary bridge created by your dentist.

Your second appointment takes place once the permanent bridge has been created. At this point it will be carefully checked and adjusted to make sure it fits properly. The bridge is then permanently cemented.

At the conclusion of this visit the dentist will provide instructions on how to properly care for your new permanent bridge. The life of your new bridge will be extended greatly by following proper brushing and flossing techniques and scheduling regular dental visits.

Dental implants are an excellent choice for replacement of missing teeth. Losing a tooth can have seriously implications because it causes oral health problems as well as difficulty speaking properly along with the inability to eat certain foods. Obviously, you may also experience a lack of confidence in your appearance and want to hide your smile. But our St. Paul Dental Implants Office gives offers tooth replacement options that are very effective. Dental implants have quickly become the preferred tooth replacement method for dentists and patients.

A dental implant is made up of a small titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. After placement, the implant bonds with your jaw bone and forms a strong foundation for a natural-looking dental restoration. Once the post is firmly seated in the jaw, the dentist attaches the restoration to the implant. Since the titanium post takes replaces the tooth’s missing root, dental implants integrate with the structure of surrounding bone to mimic the appearance and strength of your natural teeth.

Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. They are an exceptional tooth replacement option when used alone, but they can also be used to help improve the stability and comfort of existing dentures or bridges.
Our St. Paul Dental Implants Office strategically places dental implants to stabilize bridges and dentures. Bridges stay in place because they are affixed to adjacent teeth, but this can cause unnecessary strain and structural stress on a patient’s natural teeth. Now, a patient’s bridge can be anchored to a dental implant, ensuring a comfortable fit, taking the pressure off healthy, natural teeth.
 
Dental implants can be used alone or with dentures and bridges to improve the appearance and functionality of a patient’s smile. They are a versatile tooth-replacement option providing stability and a natural-looking restoration.

There are many options in dentistry today for missing teeth replacement. A dental bridge is just one such option, and today I’d like to explain the benefits of fixed bridges. A fixed (non-removable) bridge is durable and creates an excellent replacement for missing teeth.

You may already know that the Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist offers several different types of bridges. You’re probably most familiar with a “traditional bridge” which is composed of porcelain fused to metal.  The traditional bridge usually involves two crowns that are placed on two adjacent teeth and are then attached to an artificial tooth (pontic). This creates a “bridge” that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

You and your dentist may decide on a fixed bridge for any of the following reasons:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Prevent drifting of remaining teeth
  • Restore ability to chew and/or speak clearly
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture
Placement of a fixed bridge will generally require two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of enamel, allowing room for a crown.  Next, your St. Paul Family Dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This mold is then sent to a dental lab where a custom-fit bridge will be created specifically to fit your teeth and accommodate your bite. You will leave your first appointment with a temporary bridge created by your dentist.

Your second appointment takes place once the permanent bridge has been created. At this point it will be carefully checked and adjusted to make sure it fits properly. The bridge is then permanently cemented.

At the conclusion of this visit you receive instructions on how to properly care for your new permanent bridge. The life of your new bridge will be extended greatly by following proper brushing and flossing techniques and scheduling regular dental visits.

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