What are Dental Bridges?
Bridges are ideal for patients who are missing one or more of their own natural teeth. Bridges are made of high-quality materials that are both durable and natural-looking. With the proper care and maintenance, your new bridge can last for decades before it’ll need to be replaced with a new restoration. Bridges offer cosmetic and restorative benefits to patients who need to have them placed.
Why might Dental Bridges be needed?
The reason dental bridges are often needed is because patients are missing teeth. Rather than wear a prosthetic removable appliance, the bridge is permanently placed over the two surrounding teeth. The middle portion of the bridge contains the false tooth, known as the pontic, which sits over the gum line. Bridges are ideal for patients who aren’t good candidates for dental implants.
Who is a candidate for Dental Bridges?
To determine if you might benefit from a dental bridge, we will perform an examination. This exam allows us to see how and where the bridge is needing to be placed. If you’d rather not sit for implant surgery or are unable to have this procedure done, a fixed bridge is the next best alternative. Older bridges can and should be replaced as they begin to show signs of wear.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The dental bridge procedure begins with filing down the two surrounding teeth. This is specifically done to make room for the actual restoration. We then take impressions of the area and use these detailed molds to make your new fixed bridge. The bridge is then placed at a second appointment. We will make some minor adjustments to the way that it fits and how well you’re able to bite down. From there, you will have a secured, permanent bridge that you won’t need to worry about over the years. As it begins to wear down or become damaged with time, we can easily replace it in our office.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridge work, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient appointment.