Giving The Appearance of a Full and Healthy Smile
What’s a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth within the mouth. The dental bridge is made out of durable, long-lasting materials that are permanently placed over surrounding teeth. This prevents the need for surgical implants or partial dentures that have to be removed. Fixed bridge work is similar to a dental crown, but more teeth are involved with the restoration.
Why Are Dental Bridges Needed?
You may have been told that you need a dental bridge because you’re missing one or more teeth. Most bridges contain three teeth, where the outermost two teeth are attached to existing dentition and the middle tooth, known as the pontic, simply sits on top of the gums where a tooth has been removed or fallen out. However, bridges are custom made for each individual patient, so more teeth may be involved when creating the restoration.
What Makes You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
You may be a good candidate for a bridge if you’re not eligible for dental implant surgery or don’t want dental implants. Bridges are a more permanent solution in comparison to partial dentures that have to be removed and replaced periodically. Bridges are not totally permanent in nature, but it’s not uncommon for them to last for decades before needing to be removed and replaced. The bridge will blend in well with the rest of your teeth, giving the appearance of a full and healthy smile.
What Can Be Expected When Going for a Dental Bridge?
Dr. Nicolette will administer the anesthetic or sedation of your choosing to make the procedure more comfortable for you. The two surrounding teeth will be filed down to create seats, known as abutments, for the bridge to sit securely in the mouth. Impressions are carefully taken to make both a temporary fixed bridge and a permanent restoration. You will go home from the first appointment with a temporary bridge over the area. Your next appointment involves removing the temporary and placing the permanent. This takes very little time and requires no anesthesia. The permanent fixed bridge is adjusted so that you find it to be comfortable. You can treat your new bridge as you would any other tooth, but be careful when flossing around the restoration.
If you think you might need a dental bridge or want to replace an older, existing one, call our office today and we’ll work to get you in for an appointment.