What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces a missing tooth in the mouth. Oftentimes, the bridge has two anchors that attach to surrounding teeth. The middle portion of the bridge, known as the pontic, is the false tooth that simply sits over the gums and replaces what’s missing. Bridges can last for many years and even decades with the proper care.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
The reason you may need a dental bridge is because you’re missing one or more natural teeth. The bridge helps to both fill in gaps in your smile to make you feel more confident while improving oral functionality. This makes it easier to eat and chew your favorite foods. Bridges are made to look as realistic and natural as your own teeth.
Who is a good candidate for a Dental Bridge?
We can examine your mouth and teeth to determine if you may need a bridge. Bridges are ideal for patients who aren’t necessarily good candidates for dental implants. If you’ve had one or more implants placed already, you may need a specially-made fixed bridge to place over the healed implants. Most patients who need bridge work can safely have the procedure done.
What happens during the procedure for a Dental Bridge?
We begin by filing down the two surrounding teeth to create abutments for the restoration to sit on top. Impressions (molds) enable us to create a new bridge just for you. The bridge is then placed at a second appointment and its bite and fit adjusted as needed. You can care for your bridge as you would any of your other natural teeth. Over the years, older bridges may need to be replaced. Bridge work can improve your confidence and ability to eat and chew normally. They’re durable, resilient and long-lasting restorations that look great when added to your existing smile.
If you think you might need a dental bridge and want to come into our office to have one placed, call us today and we will help you further.