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A bridge, or partial denture, is a device that attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth—replacing missing teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking—so it’s important to replace missing teeth. At Now Care Dental, our experienced dentists can recommend the best bridge option for you that will restore both your dental health and appearance.
There are multiple reasons for replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge or partial denture—with dental health being the most important reason for a bridge. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Missing teeth can also lead to an increased risk of gum disease and speech disorders, which can be minimized with a bridge. A bridge can help support your lips and cheeks, and keep your mouth from sinking due to the loss of a back tooth.
Fixed bridges, which offer the most stability, are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. A removable partial denture or dental bridge can be taken out and cleaned.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns or bonding the artificial teeth to the adjacent natural teeth. Removable bridges and partial dentures are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment we’ll prepare the surrounding teeth and take impressions of your teeth, which are sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
For a temporary fix, our dentists can place a dental flipper, which is a lightweight and removable denture that can fill your tooth gap while your dental bridge is being prepared.
To set up your appointment for your dental bridge or partial denture at Now Care Dental, call our Eagan-MN office at 651-686-6800. Answering services are available 24/7. Clinic hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.