Dental Bridges in El Paso, Texas
At the dental office of Dr. Walter L. Tippin and Dr. Paul Apilado in El Paso, TX, we are happy to offer a wide range of treatments to restore your teeth when they have become damaged. We also provide several options in restoring teeth when they have been lost. One popular option is dental bridges.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are prosthetics that replace one or more missing teeth. It is made of two basic parts – two or more dental crowns that will act as anchors on the abutment teeth, and the false tooth or teeth itself, called the pontic. Bridges can be made of gold, porcelain, alloys, or some combination of these materials.
Types of dental bridges
There are three main types of dental bridges that are available. The most common type used is the traditional bridge. It is placed when the gap has natural teeth on either side of it. The neighboring teeth can then be used to support the prosthetic. Cantilever bridges and Maryland bonded bridges are used when natural teeth are located on only one side of the gap.
Benefits of dental bridges
A dental bridge provides several benefits to a smile. Not only does it restore the appearance of your smile and your ability to eat and speak comfortably, but it also prevents the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. Additionally, by replacing teeth that have been lost, you help to distribute biting forces more evenly, preventing uneven wear on the teeth, and help to maintain the shape of your face.
The procedure to have a dental bridge placed takes at least two separate appointments to see Dr. Apilado in El Paso, TX. The teeth being used as the abutment teeth must first be prepared. They will be shaved down a small portion and have an impression taken. This information will be sent to a dental laboratory, which will use it to create the bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed to protect that area of your mouth until the bridge has been completed. When the bridge returns from the dental lab, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the permanent one. Further appointments might be necessary in order to achieve the right fit.