What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that helps to replace one or more missing naturalteeth. The bridge attaches permanently to surrounding teeth, so it won’t need tobe removed and cleaned like a prosthetic appliance. Bridge work is specificallymade for each patient, providing a natural and realistic appearance. Most fixedbridges can last for many years before they’ll need to be replaced completely.
Why would a Dental Bridge be needed?
The most common reason for needing a bridge is because you’re missing atooth. You might want to avoid having surgery done to place an implant oryou’re not a good candidate for implant surgery. Bridge work helps to restorethe fullness of your smile while improving functionality. Because of your bridge,your surrounding teeth are less likely to become crooked and crowded.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
We can examine your teeth to determine if a fixed bridge is right for you. In order for the bridge to fit properly and securely, it’ll need to be placed over two surrounding teeth. In general, the larger the bridge, the less secure it will be. We may recommend implants to hold a bridge if we feel it wouldn’t be secure enough on its own.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic to numb one area of the mouth. Wethen shape and file down the surrounding teeth. This will help to make room forthe new fixed bridge. Impressions are then taken and will be used to create botha temporary and permanent bridge. You’ll go homewith the temporary one inplace and will need to come back for a second appointment for the permanent.The temporary bridge is removed and the permanent one placed securely usinga dental-grade adhesive. We polish and adjust the new bridge and provide youwith instructions on how to brush and floss around it.
If you think you might benefit from a dental bridge, call our office today so thatour helpful staff members can further assist you.