What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a restoration that helps to replace areas of missing dentition within the mouth. Whether you’re missing one or two teeth, a dental bridge is useful in covering these gaps, preventing shifting of surrounding teeth and improving oral functionality. Most bridge work can last for decades before replacement is needed. Bridges are made using high-quality materials that are meant to mimic the feel and look of your natural teeth.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
The reason most patients may need or benefit from a dental bridge is because they are missing a tooth. The bridge typically consists of several different parts. The outermost teeth of the bridge are known as the anchors, and they are attached to your natural teeth. The middle section of the bridge contains the pontic, or false tooth, that simply sits over the gums and replaces the tooth that’s missing. Bridges can be made to replace one or more teeth with one simple restoration.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
Bridges are often suitable for patients who either aren’t good candidates for dental implants or who want a surgery-free option for replacing a tooth. Likewise, a bridge can be placed over an implant that has been given time to heal. With the help of an examination, we can determine if you might need a bridge. Most patients who need a bridge can safely have the procedure done in our office.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Bridges?
We begin the procedure by administering a local anesthetic. This numbs the area that is going to be worked on within the mouth. The two surrounding teeth are then filed down to make room for the bridge. Impressions are taken and used to craft a new dental bridge. Your second visit into the office involves placing the permanent bridge and adjusting its bite and fit. Your new bridge can last for a very long time with the proper care and maintenance.
If you think you might need a new dental bridge, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.