What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces a missing tooth within the mouth. Bridges are fixed permanently over the two surrounding teeth. The middle portion of the bridge contains the pontic, or false tooth, that replaces what’s missing. Bridges can easily last for years or even decades with the proper care, and they can enhance both the appearance of your smile and functionality.
Why would a Dental Bridge be needed?
The reason you may need a dental bridge is because you’re completely missing a tooth. When you are missing one or more of your teeth, you may find that you don’t feel as confident in your smile as you once did. You may even find it difficult to eat and chew because of the gap that’s been left behind. Over time, the space can cause surrounding teeth to move and shift out of place.
What makes you a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you want a surgery-free way to replace a missing tooth and don’t want or cannot have dental implant surgery, bridges are the best choice for you. We can examine your teeth to determine if you’d benefit from a bridge. If you are missing too many of your natural teeth, we may suggest a partial denture instead. Bridges lose their stability and strength the more teeth that are added to them.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
We begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area being worked on. The two surrounding teeth will be prepared carefully to make room for the brand new bridge. Impressions, which are often called molds, are taken to make the bridge for you. We color match your existing smile to the new bridge so that it blends in flawlessly. Your second visit into the office involves placing the fixed bridge and making slight adjustments to how well you’re able to bite down with it in place.
If you think you might need a bridge or want to replace an existing one, call us today and our friendly staff members can further assist you.