What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is designed to replace a tooth that is completely missing. These fixed bridges often contain two parts: abutments and a pontic. The abutments are attached to the surrounding teeth that are next to the missing dentition. The pontic is the false tooth that makes up the middle of the bridge, replacing the missing tooth. Fixed bridges are similar in nature to crowns, but a bridge has more teeth involved.
Why might you need a Dental Bridge?
You may need or want a dental bridge because you are missing one or more of your teeth. Bridges are a great option for patients who either don’t want dental implants, or aren’t eligible for surgery because of medical, dental, or financial reasons. The bridge can help to restore fullness to your smile, and fill in gaps where teeth are missing. Fixed bridges are permanently cemented into the mouth, so you can expect the restoration to last for years before it will need to be replaced.
What makes you a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
The majority of adults who need a bridge and want to have one placed are able to have the procedure done. Obviously, an implant will be recommended because it does not compromise surrounding teeth. However, if you cannot have, or do not want, a dental implant, a dental bridge is an ideal alternative for restoring your smile. Bridges require no surgery, so they’re a great option for most adult patients.
What can you expect with the Dental Bridge procedure?
You will receive anesthetic so that the procedure is more comfortable for you. Once the area is completely numb, the doctor will carefully file down the surrounding teeth next to missing tooth to make room for the bridge. Impressions are made to create both a temporary, as well as a permanent bridge. You will go home the same day with a temporary bridge. Once the permanent one has been created and sent back to us, you’ll come in to have the temporary removed and the permanent bridge attached. The bite of the bridge is adjusted to make the restoration more comfortable, and you will leave the office with a full smile.
If you’d like a dental bridge, or need to replace an existing restoration, call us today and we can help schedule a convenient appointment for you.