What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that aims to replace one or more missing teeth in the mouth. If you’re missing teeth, you know how difficult it can be to feel confident in your appearance. A bridge is attached to the surrounding teeth, with the middle portion of the bridge sitting over the gum line to replace what’s missing. Most bridge work can last for years or even decades with the proper care.
Why would a Dental Bridge be needed?
Dental bridges are specifically designed for patients who are missing teeth. The bridge typically contains three teeth. The two outermost teeth are attached to your natural teeth and the middle tooth, known as the pontic, fills in the space between them. Bridges offer cosmetic benefits as well as restorative benefits. Not only can you feel better about your smile when a bridge is placed, but it’ll be easier to eat and chew your favorite foods.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
To determine if a bridge is needed, we will examine your smile. Patients who either don’t want an implant or cannot sit for implant surgery will benefit the most from bridge work. Bridges can be placed in virtually any area of the mouth, though the larger the bridge, the more unstable it will be. We can replace older bridge work as it begins to show signs of wear.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The bridge procedure will begin by filing down the two surrounding teeth. This makes room for the new bridge so that it fits comfortably and doesn’t look bulky. We then take impressions and use these molds to make the permanent bridge. You will come back into the office once the bridge has been made to have it placed. We can adjust how it feels and fits in the office before you leave. You should floss around your new bridge and brush it as you would your natural teeth.
If you think you might need a dental bridge, call our office today so that we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.