High quality, natural looking bridges need to be more than just ‘white’, they must match the complex color scheme of your other teeth or they will stick out like a ‘sore thumb’. Color is approximately matched using standardized color tabs which are selected with your approval and is included in basic bridge fees. If your bridge is prominently visible, some degree of additional customization will usually be required to more closely match your other teeth. This customization process can proceed until the best possible match is obtained subject to the limitations of man-made materials and fees based on the length of time required for customization. When skillful clinical treatment is combined with artful laboratory technical work it is often difficult to detect the difference between a well made bridge and your natural teeth. Natural teeth will tend to slowly darken with age. Teeth replaced with an adhesive bridge will remain the same original color.
Shape is extremely critical and is one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of many bridges. This has resulted in an otherwise attractive smile being ruined by bridges not matching the remaining teeth and appearing as if they stick out.
A well made bridge should have a perfect bite and feel completely even with the other teeth on the very first day and does not require time to settle in. An uneven bite will either be uncomfortable or allow your other teeth to shift and become crooked.
An adhesive bridge should feel comfortable, look natural, maintain your ability to speak and allow careful chewing in the area of the bridge. Our patients tend to forget about the adhesive bridge except to be careful not to bite hard on it.
Do not expect your general dentist to obtain the results routinely obtainable in our prosthodontic specialty office. General dentists try to stay on top of all the general routine treatments patients need but can’t be expected to be capable of providing specialized treatment. There are some capable dental specialists in Mexico and elsewhere but always beware of ‘discount dentistry’. An attempt to obtain specialty treatment from those without the appropriate training and experience is likely to create problems and regret.