What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. They’re ideal for patients who may not necessarily be good candidates for dental implants. Most bridge work can last for decades before needing to be replaced. Bridges are made to mimic the look and feel of your actual teeth, so they’ll look realistic and natural.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
The most common reason for requiring a dental bridge is because you’re missing a tooth. Most often a bridge contains two abutment teeth that will be attached to your natural dentition. The middle tooth is false, and simply sits on top of the gum line to replace what’s missing. Not only do bridges help to restore your full, beautiful smile, but they’re also beneficial in helping to maintain proper oral functioning.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
Most of our patients who need a dental bridge can safely have the procedure done. We will examine your teeth to determine if you’d benefit from a fixed bridge. The procedure may be suitable for patients who do not qualify for dental implants. Because bridges last so long, you can enjoy a restoration that you won’t need to worry about easily breaking and needing to be replaced.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Bridges?
We will first administer a local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable for you. The two surrounding teeth will be filed down to make room for the new bridge. Impressions are then taken to be used to make both a temporary and permanent bridge. The first appointment allows you to go home with the temporary bridge in place. For your second appointment, you will come back in for the permanent one to be placed. We make small adjustments to your restoration and its bite, ensuring that it’s completely comfortable. The procedure is quick and easy, and provides you with a beautiful, full smile once finished.
If you think you may need a dental bridge, call our office today, and we will be happy to answer all of your questions regarding this procedure.