What are Dental Bridges?
Fixed dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth within the mouth. A typical bridge often contains three teeth. The outermost teeth attach to your natural teeth to keep the bridge in place. The middle part of the bridge contains the false tooth, known as the pontic, that sits over the gums. Bridges offer cosmetic and restorative benefits to your smile.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
A dental bridge is typically necessary if a patient is missing a tooth entirely. Bridges are great for patients who cannot or do not want to have dental implants placed. Bridge work can easily last for many years or decades while providing you with a solid, sturdy smile. Bridges are needed to both fill in gaps and spaces in your smile while restoring overall functionality.
Who is a candidate for Dental Bridges?
Because there is no surgery required to place bridges, most patients are good candidates. In fact, bridges can be placed in any area of the mouth. The smaller the bridge, the more stabilized it will be. Larger bridges may benefit from implants to keep them in place. We can examine your teeth to determine if a fixed dental bridge is right for you.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
We will begin the bridge procedure by administering a local anesthetic. We then file down the two surrounding teeth so that there is enough room for the bridge to sit over them without appearing bulky. Impressions are taken and used to make the permanent bridge. You will go home the same day with a temporary bridge in place. You’ll then come back into the office after one to two weeks so that we can remove the temporary and place the permanent bridge. We’ll carefully adjust the fit and bite of the new bridge to ensure that it is comfortable and natural-looking.
If you would like to learn more about bridges and how they work, call us today so that we can schedule you an appointment with our office offering one-on-one care and low wait times.