What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge, sometimes referred to as a fixed bridge, is meant to replace one or more teeth that are missing. The procedure requires no surgery and is an ideal alternative to dental implants. Bridges normally contain three false teeth per restoration. The outermost two teeth sit on top of your actual teeth and the middle tooth, known as the pontic, sits on top of the gum line to replace dentition that’s missing. Bridges can last for years and even decades with proper care and regular dental checkups.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
A dental bridge is often needed and recommended if a tooth is completely missing. You might have lost the tooth to decay, periodontal disease or because it had broken or cracked. The bridge is placed over surrounding teeth so that it fills and enhances your existing smile. Bridges can be placed anywhere in the mouth and work to replace teeth that have fallen out on their own or have been extracted.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
The dental bridge procedure itself requires no incisions or surgery. It’s most beneficial to patients who aren’t able to undergo dental implant surgery. To determine if a dental bridge is right for you, we’ll perform a complete examination. Most of our patients who want or need a dental bridge can safely and effectively have one or more placed.
What can you expect when having a Dental Bridge placed?
The first step to placing a dental bridge is preparing the surrounding teeth. After administering local anesthetic, we’ll file down the two surrounding teeth so that the bridge sits comfortably on top of them. Impressions, also known as molds, are taken of the area and used to create your permanent fixed bridge. The next appointment involves placing the bridge on the two surrounding teeth and smoothing the restoration. Your new bridge should fit comfortably and enhance your smile without being noticeably different.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges or think you may need one placed, call us today and our helpful staff members can answer your questions.