What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are most often used to replace a missing tooth in the mouth. The majority of dental bridges contain three teeth. The two outermost teeth are anchored onto your existing natural teeth. The middle tooth is known as the pontic, and it is a false tooth that simply sits over the gums and replaces what is missing. Bridge work is customized to each individual patient with a highly accurate digital impression, and has both cosmetic and restorative benefits.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
The reason you’d need a bridge is because you’re missing one or more of your teeth. These teeth might have fallen out or had been professionally extracted. Either way, it is important to replace what is missing to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting or from developing issues with functionality.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
With an exam, we can help in determining if you’ll need a dental bridge. Bridges are often suitable for otherwise healthy adult patients and when other treatment is not necessary. If you are missing too many of your teeth, we may recommend a denture or implants to better support the bridge being placed. We can even replace an older bridge that you currently have that is showing signs of wear.
What happens during the Dental Bridge process?
The procedure will begin with a local anesthetic that is used to numb the area and make the process more comfortable for you. We then file down the two surrounding teeth so that the bridge fits comfortably over top of them. Impressions are taken to allow us to craft a permanent bridge that you’ll have for years. Your second appointment into the office involves placing the permanent bridge. Adjustments are made to improve the fit and comfort of the new restoration before you can leave the office feeling confident in your new smile.
If you would like to come into the office to consult with us about dental bridge work, call us today to speak with one of our trained professional team members.