What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. Bridge work is durable, with many bridges lasting for decades before needing to be replaced. If you aren’t a good candidate for dental implants and don’t want a partial denture, bridge work is essential in correcting and filling your smile. The procedure is quick and easy, normally requiring about two appointments to complete.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
Dental bridges are often needed if you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth. The bridge typically consists of two abutments that are attached to your existing dentition. The middle portion of the bridge is known as the pontic, and this is the false tooth that sits on top of the gum line. This gives the appearance that you have a tooth where it is missing while simultaneously improving overall oral functioning.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
Unlike dental implants, bridge work requires no surgery or incisions. The procedure can be done in two short appointments and provides you with a full smile that is natural-looking and realistic. You will come into our office for an exam before we can determine if a bridge is right for you. Because bridges can last for decades, they’re ideal for many different patients.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The first step is to numb the area with a local anesthetic. After you are comfortable, the two surrounding teeth are filed down to accommodate the new bridge. Impressions are taken of the teeth and sent to a lab where a permanent bridge is made for you. You will come in for a second appointment and have the bridge placed. It is not uncommon for bridges to need slight adjustments to improve bite and feel. We can give you important advice on how to care for your new bridge once it has been placed.
If you would like to learn more about a dental bridge or come in for a consultation, call us today and our helpful staff members can assist you.