What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is designed to help replace a missing tooth in the mouth. Bridges are made of realistic-looking materials so that they are able to naturally enhance your smile. While most bridges are made to replace just one tooth, larger bridge work can be made to fit your smile. Most dental bridges can easily last for one to two decades before replacement is needed.
Why would a Dental Bridge be needed?
The reason you might need a dental bridge is because you’re missing a tooth. If you’d rather not have an implant placed or cannot sit for oral surgery, bridges are the next best option. Bridges help to restore your smile so that it’s easier to enjoy your favorite foods. They can help you to feel more confident in the way that you look because they appear natural and realistic.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
To decipher if a bridge is necessary, we will examine your teeth. If you’re not a good candidate for a dental implant, a bridge is the next best option for you. If you have an older bridge that’s showing signs of wear, we may recommend replacing it with a new restoration. Bridges can be placed in most areas of the mouth where a tooth is missing.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The procedure starts with anesthetic to numb the mouth. We then file down the surrounding teeth so that the bridge can sit easily and firmly on top. Once this is finished, we will carefully create impressions of the area. These molds are then used to make the actual bridge that you’ll have placed. At a second appointment, the permanent bridge is placed and any minor adjustments made before you leave the office. With the proper care, you can expect the fixed bridge to last for decades before it may need to be completely replaced.
If you think you might need a dental bridge, call our office today to talk with one of our friendly staff members.