What are Bridges?
Bridge work helps to enhance your smile by covering areas where dentition is missing. Whether you’re missing one tooth or several, a fixed dental bridge can sit on top of surrounding teeth to replace the missing teeth. Bridges are not removable and can help in improving oral functioning. They look like real teeth and can last for decades with the proper care.
Why are Bridges needed?
A dental bridge is typically needed when one or more teeth are completely missing. The bridge itself has two main functions. The first is to improve the look of the smile so that there are no gaps and spaces. The second function of the bridge is to improve functionality, which makes it easier for you to eat and chew. By placing a bridge, you’re preventing the surrounding teeth from shifting after a tooth has been removed.
Who is a good candidate for a Bridge?
The majority of healthy adult patients who need a bridge can safely have the procedure done. You will need to come in for an examination so that we can determine if and when you’ll need this restoration. If you have an older bridge that is showing signs of wear, we’ll recommend having it replaced with a new one. Bridges are great alternatives for patients who aren’t good candidates for full dental implants.
What happens during the Bridge procedure?
We will administer local anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable for you. We then file down the two surrounding teeth so that the bridge can use them as an anchor. Impressions are taken and utilized to create a new bridge. Bridges are made to look like real teeth, and they are matched perfectly with your existing smile. Your second appointment will involve placing the bridge. We make a few adjustments to it and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a gorgeous, new smile.
If you think you might need a dental bridge and want to come in for a consultation, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.