Fixed Dental Bridges

Are you missing some teeth? A fixed dental bridge may be the the simplest permanent solution for you.

Specifically, missing teeth can cause:

1. A shift in the alignment of your teeth
2. Increased risk of periodontal disease
3. Increased risk of tooth decay
4. Loss of adjacent teeth
5. Speech disorders
6. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges replace missing teeth. They can restore chewing function, enhance your appearance and improve your oral health.

What Are the Benefits of Bridges?

In Tijuana dentists have a lot of experience with these treatments. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and “TMJ”. A dental bridge in Mexico will improve your ability to chew and speak as well as your smile. In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape, as they tend to do when a person has missing teeth in the middle.

What Types of Bridges do Tijuana dentists offer?

Cantilever bridges are used to replace a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the affected area.

Maryland bonded bridges include artificial teeth and gums, and are held in place by a metal frame.

Traditional fixed bridges are the most common. They literally bridge the gap of an empty tooth space by securing a false tooth using crowns on the abutment teeth on either side.

The materials used are:
1. standard porcelain PTF crowns, (porcelain fused to metal),
2. Porcelain fused to gold,
3. All gold metal crowns/bridge
4. Porcelain fused to also white ceramic, known as zirconium.

Each one has its characteristics. The standard materials work well and are the least expensive. Gold is the most malleable, and makes a great seal, but is also the most expensive, and is not so aesthetic. Zirconium makes the best bridges because it is harder than steel, and is white, and for front teeth it is very aesthetic. Also, because zirconium is so hard, it could never sag. Sometimes with a long bridge, if it is made with a metal foundation, it can actually bend or sag a little in the middle.

How Are Tijuana Dental Bridges Placed?

A Tijuana Dentists is a very common type of dental work in Tijuana, done by your Tijuana dentist. The procedure of installing a dental bridge is typically completed in two visits. First, your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for a porcelain bridge. Before procedure our teeth will need to be prepared by reshaping or reconstructing any badly decayed or damaged areas. The tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth.

After your dentist takes an impression of your teeth,it is then sent off to a lab where it is cast into a mold, and give you a temporary bridge to wear. On your second visit, this mold will be fitted to your teeth, and any necessary corrections or adjustments will be made on that same visit.

How Long Do Tijuana Dental Bridges Last?

While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. Normally dental bridges can last from 8 to 15 years and can last even longer if you maintain good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.