Dental bridges are composed of two or more dental crowns with false teeth in between. As the name suggests, this restorative piece is designed to bridge the gap left behind by missing teeth. The crowns will be attached to the teeth or implants surrounding your gap, and the false teeth will fit perfectly in the empty space. The appointment process for making your custom bridge is similar to making a dental crown.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dentist can close the gap in your smile with the use of dental bridges if you have missing teeth. A dental bridge is a false tooth known as a pontic, that is usually held in place by certain kinds of teeth, called abutment teeth, on each side of the gap. Although pontics can be manufactured from a variety of materials, such as silver or gold, they’re usually made from blends and porcelain, so that they look more like natural teeth.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
You may opt to get dental bridges if you are trying to restore your natural smile, or if you are trying to assist or the ability to naturally chew your food and adjust your bite. You may also choose to get dental implants to help maintain the shape of your face or in order to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. Of course, you could always discuss with your dentist any cons or pros to getting a dental bridge for your teeth, as well as discuss various prices that may come with the procedure.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
Most people with a missing tooth or missing teeth are good candidates for getting dental bridges. To get dental bridges, you must be a suitable candidate that can maintain decent oral health and are free from any gum disease or gum problems. If you are dealing with any periodontal issues, you need to have a conversation with one of our specialists before you proceed with getting dental implants. In this conversation, we will discuss different prices, which will most likely vary depending upon your oral health and on how many teeth you have missing.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic to numb one area of the mouth. We then shape and file down the surrounding teeth. This will help to make room for the new fixed bridge. Impressions are then taken and will be used to create both a temporary and permanent bridge. You’ll go home with the temporary one in place and will need to come back for a second appointment for the permanent. The temporary bridge is removed and the permanent one placed securely using a dental-grade adhesive. We polish and adjust the new bridge and provide you with instructions on how to brush and floss around it.
If you think you might need a dental bridge, call our office today, and we can help to answer any of your questions regarding this procedure.