A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to replace a missing tooth within the mouth. The two outermost parts of the fixed bridge attach to your natural teeth. The middle part of the bridge contains the pontic, or false tooth, which sits over the gums. Bridges are made of realistic-looking materials that are durable and long-lasting.
WHY WOULD DENTAL BRIDGES BE NEEDED?
The reason a dental bridge might be needed is because you’re completely missing one or more of your natural teeth. They are ideal for patients who aren’t good candidates for dental implants. Your dental bridge will last for decades before replacement is needed. You will find that bridges offer restorative and cosmetic benefits to your smile.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL BRIDGES?
Most patients who need a bridge can safely come into the office to have the restoration placed. We will examine the area to determine if a bridge is necessary. If you’re not a good candidate for a dental implant, we’ll typically recommend that a bridge be placed. If you have an older bridge, we can remove and replace it easily in our office.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE DENTAL BRIDGE PROCEDURE?
The dental bridge procedure will begin with an anesthetic that is used to numb one area of your mouth. We then prep down the two surrounding teeth to make room for the new bridge. Impressions are taken and used to fabricate a new permanent fixed bridge. We then schedule you to come in for a second appointment so that the bridge can be placed. We make minor adjustments to the way the bridge fits and sits before you leave the office. You can brush and floss around your new bridge as you would your normal teeth. The restoration should last you for many years before full replacement is necessary.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridge work and how bridges are placed, call us today to speak with one of our skilled team members.