What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that is specifically designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Generally speaking, the larger the bridge, the less stable and secure it will be. This is why most bridges will only replace one or two teeth at a time. Bridges are durable and can last for many decades with the proper care.
Why might a Dental Bridge be needed?
You might need a dental bridge if you’re missing a tooth. The outermost part of the bridge attaches to the surrounding teeth. The middle part of the bridge contains the pontic, which is the false tooth. Bridges offer cosmetic as well as restorative benefits. They are made to mimic the feel and look of real, natural teeth.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
To determine if bridge work is right for you, we’ll perform a comprehensive examination. The exam allows us to see if a bridge can be placed. If there is nothing for the bridge to hold onto, we may recommend either implants or a partial denture. Most patients who need a bridge can safely have the procedure done without any problems.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
To begin, we’ll numb one area of your mouth using a local anesthetic. We then shape the two surrounding teeth and file them down to make room for the bridge. Impressions are taken and used to make the actual bridge. You will come back in for a second appointment to have the bridge placed. You can floss around the new bridge and brush it as you normally would your natural teeth. Most bridges can last for years or even decades with the proper care and depending on how much wear they receive. Your new bridge can help to improve the look and shape of your smile, and it’ll blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges and how they work, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.