Bridges can last for decades with proper care and maintenance.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that helps to replace missing teeth. The most common type of bridge contains two abutment teeth that attach to your natural dentition. The middle tooth is fake and simply sits on top of the gum line. This fills in your smile and prevents the need for a partial denture. Bridges can last for decades with proper care and maintenance.
Why would Dental Bridges be needed?
You may need a bridge if you’re completely missing one or more of your teeth. Bridge work is made using high-quality cosmetic materials that mimic the feel and look of real teeth. If you’re not a good candidate for a dental implant, bridge work can help to enhance your smile without invasive surgery. The procedure can be done in about an hour in our office, but you’ll need to come in for a second appointment to have the permanent bridge placed.
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Who’s a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
Most patients who need bridges can safely and easily have the procedure done. The procedure is ideal for patients who wouldn’t be good candidates for dental implants. We will examine your teeth and determine if a bridge is right for you. Because bridges can last for decades, they’re great for individuals who want a durable restorative option.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Bridges?
We will start by administering a local anesthetic to the area. We then file down and smooth the surrounding teeth to make room for the new bridge. Impressions will be taken of the area so that we can construct both the temporary bridge and the permanent one. You will go home the same day with the temporary bridge in place and will come back for a second appointment once the permanent one has been made for you. The temporary is then removed and the permanent put into place. Small adjustments are made to the bridge and you’ll be left with a full, healthy-looking smile.
If you think you may need a dental bridge and are ready to come in for the procedure, call us today and we’ll schedule an appointment for you.