What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that works to replace one or more missing teeth in the mouth. The majority of dental bridgework can easily last for decades before the restoration may need to be replaced. The bridge will be attached to the two surrounding teeth around the tooth that has been missing. Bridges are ideal for patients who aren’t otherwise good candidates for dental implants.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
The most common reason for needing a fixed dental bridge is because you are missing one or more of your natural teeth. If you are not a good candidate for a dental implant or have already had one placed, the bridge can easily be attached so that it fills in your smile and reduces the look of gaps. Bridges aren’t just cosmetic in nature, since they can easily help to improve the functionality of your oral health as well. Your bridge can last for many years with proper care and good oral hygiene.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
To determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, we will perform an examination. In order for a dental bridge to fit securely, it needs two abutment teeth to attach to. If you are lacking enough natural dentition for the bridge to attach, we may suggest dental implants as a way to fill in your smile properly. Most patients who want a dental bridge can easily have the procedure done in our office.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The procedure begins by filing down the two surrounding teeth to make enough room for the bridge to sit easily on top. Once this is done, we will take impressions of the teeth and use these molds to create your brand new bridge. You will go home after the first appointment with a temporary bridge in place. The second appointment involves removing this temporary bridge and placing the permanent one securely so that it does not move or fall out. It is not uncommon for bridge work to need slight adjustments before it fits and feels comfortable. You can treat your brand new bridge the way you would any other tooth in your mouth.
If you think you may need or want a dental bridge, call our office today and we can help to get you in for an appointment.