Dental Bridges

What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. The most common bridge will involve two abutment teeth and a false tooth in the center. Bridges are made to match your existing smile so that they’re virtually undetectable. Your bridge can last for years and even decades with proper maintenance and regular dental checkups.

Why are Dental Bridges needed?

A dental bridge is normally recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. In order to place a bridge, no surgery or incisions are required, so it’s a better choice for patients who wouldn’t be able to undergo oral surgery for implants. Bridges not only help to improve the look of your smile, but they can help in correcting problems with your bite. Dental bridges are highly durable, lasting for decades for most patients.

What makes you a good candidate for Dental Bridges?

You may want or need a dental bridge because a dental implant isn’t the right option for you. Bridges are beneficial in that they cannot be removed, so they’re great for patients who want to avoid wearing a partial denture. You will need to come in for an exam so that we can determine if and when a bridge needs to be placed. Most patients who need a bridge can safely and easily have the procedure done.

What happens during the procedure for Dental Bridges?

Local anesthetic is administered to numb the area and make it more comfortable for you. Next, the two surrounding teeth are filed down to make room for the fixed bridge. Impressions, which are also known as molds, are taken of the teeth and sent to a lab where a lab tech will create the bridge for you. You will come in for a second appointment to have the dental bridge placed. Slight adjustments are made to improve the bite and feel of the bridge. You are now ready to leave the office and enjoy your brand new fixed bridge.

If you think you might need a dental bridge or if you want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and our friendly staff members can help in answering your questions.

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