What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a restorative option that not only enhances your smile, but replaces a missing tooth. The bridge will be attached to the two teeth surrounding the area. The middle part of the bridge replaces what is missing. Bridges are durable, lasting and realistic-looking. It’s not uncommon for a bridge to last for years with the right care and oral hygiene.
Why would you need Dental Bridges?
The reason you’d need a bridge is because you’re currently missing a tooth. Rather than have surgery done to place an implant, a bridge can be made for you in-office. Bridges are often prepped and placed in two consecutive appointments. The first appointment preps the surrounding teeth to receive the bridge and the second appointment involves placing the permanent restoration.
Who is a candidate for Dental Bridges?
Patients who can’t or don’t want implants can benefit from dental bridge work. Bridges require no surgery or incisions to place, so they are easier and less invasive than implants. To determine if you might benefit from a bridge, we’ll examine your teeth and mouth. If you currently have an older bridge that’s showing signs of wear, we can remove and then replace it for you.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The initial appointment involves prepping the area to receive the bridge. This is done after anesthetic is used to numb the mouth. The surrounding teeth are filed and shaped to properly house the new fixed bridge. Impressions are then taken by our expert staff and used to craft the new fixed bridge. The second appointment involves placing the permanent bridge and adjusting how it fits and sits within the mouth. You can brush the new bridge and floss carefully around it so that it provides you with years of a gorgeous, full and youthful smile. Bridges are designed for each individual patient to look natural and realistic.
If you want to learn more about dental bridge work and how it can benefit your smile, call our office today to speak with one of our friendly team members.