What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that is used to enhance a patient’s smile and fill in areas of missing dentition. The two outermost parts of the bridge attach to your natural teeth. The middle section of the bridge replaces what is missing by containing a false tooth that sits over the gums. Bridges are natural-looking and long-lasting, with many patients having their bridges for decades before replacement is needed.
Why would a Dental Bridge be necessary?
You might need a dental bridge if you’re missing a tooth. These restorations are ideal for individuals who cannot have dental implants placed or who want a surgery-free option for replacing a missing tooth. Bridges can help restore the full beauty of your smile while improving functionality. A bridge can be placed in any area of the mouth where it is needed.
What makes you a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
Most patients can easily have bridge work done. In fact, it’s an easier and less invasive alternative to dental implants. With the help of an exam, we can determine if you might need a bridge. It’s important to have a bridge placed as soon as possible to prevent shifting of the surrounding teeth.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
We will numb the area that is receiving the bridge with a local anesthetic. We then carefully file down the surrounding teeth. This creates a small abutment for the bridge to sit over top. We’ll take impressions and use these to craft a new fixed bridge. You’ll come back in for a second appointment so that we can place the bridge over the surrounding teeth. The fit and bite of the bridge is adjusted as needed. You can then leave the office feeling great about the look of your smile. Your new bridge can be brushed and cared for as you would your natural teeth.
If you’d like to learn more about bridge work and how it can benefit your smile, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable experts.