What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth within the mouth. The outermost part of the bridge will attach to your natural teeth. The middle portion of the bridge will replace the tooth that is missing and simply sit over the gum line. Bridges are durable and strong, so you can expect them to last for many years without needing to be replaced.
Why might Dental Bridges be needed?
The most common reason for needing a dental bridge is because you’re missing a tooth. If you’re not eligible for dental implant surgery or would rather avoid oral surgery altogether, a bridge is your next best option. Bridges help to restore the fullness of your smile, which can have a positive impact on your confidence. Likewise, bridges help to make it easier for you to eat and chew, and they’ll prevent your other teeth from shifting out of place.
Who is a candidate for Dental Bridge work?
Most patients who need to have a bridge placed can safely have the work done in our office. Bridges are often best for patients who cannot or do not want dental implants. If you have an older bridge showing signs of wear, we may recommend that it be removed and replaced with a new restoration. You can expect the bridge to last for many decades before this work is needed.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
We first start by administering an anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth needing to be worked on. We then file down the two surrounding teeth so that there is enough room to fit the bridge. Impressions allow us to fabricate a brand new bridge just for you. The bridge is placed at a second appointment and adjusted to ensure a comfortable, even fit. You’ll be able to brush and floss around your bridge as you would any of your other teeth.
If you would like to learn more about bridges and how they work, call us today to speak with one of our highly-trained staff members.