What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to replace a missing tooth within the mouth. Most often, bridges contain two anchor teeth that are attached to the surround teeth. The middle portion of the bridge contains the pontic, or false tooth, that replaces what is missing. Bridges can easily last for decades with the proper care, and they’re essential for improving the look and functionality of your smile.
Why would a Dental Bridge be needed?
The reason you’d need a dental bridge is because you’re missing one of your teeth. If you’re missing a tooth, you may find that you’re embarrassed about your smile. You may even find that it is difficult to eat and chew normally because the tooth is no longer in place. Over time, the surrounding teeth can shift and cause orthodontic issues for you as well. Placing a bridge is a great way to improve how your smile both looks and functions.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
Most patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth are good candidates for bridge work. If you’re not a good candidate for a dental implant, a bridge is the next best way to replace a missing tooth. If you have an older bridge, we may eventually recommend removing it and replacing it with a new restoration. The bridge procedure itself is easy and noninvasive, and it is typically done in two consecutive appointments.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The procedure will begin by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. Once this is done, we will file down the two surrounding teeth. This helps to make room for the bridge so that it fits comfortably. We then take impressions that are used to make the permanent bridge. You’ll go home after the first appointment with a temporary bridge in place. You’ll come in after about two weeks to have the new bridge placed. We make adjustments to the way that it fits while you’re in the office before you’re free to leave feeling confident in your new smile.
If you think you may benefit from a dental bridge, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.