A dental bridge is used in an area of the mouth where one or more teeth are completely missing.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is used in an area of the mouth where one or more teeth are completely missing. Bridges are fixed in place, meaning they cannot be removed. They work and look similar to a dental crown, but more teeth are attached to the restoration. Your new bridge can last for years and even decades with proper care and maintenance.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
A dental bridge is most often needed if you are missing a tooth. The bridge typically consists of three teeth attached to one restoration. The two outermost teeth are attached to your actual teeth and the middle tooth, known as the pontic, sits on top of the gum. This gives the appearance of having a tooth in an area where it is missing.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
The dental bridge procedure typically only requires local anesthetic. Because of this, it is a good option for most patients. It is less invasive than surgery, making it a viable alternative to dental implants. You’ll come in for a consultation and exam with Dr. Melissa Schuldt to determine if a dental bridge is right for you.
What can you expect during the Dental Bridge procedure?
You will first receive local anesthetic to numb the area that will be receiving the dental bridge. Next, Dr. Melissa Schuldt will file down and smooth the surrounding teeth to make room for the bridge. Impressions, also known as molds, are taken of the area and used to construct both a temporary and permanent bridge. The temporary bridge is placed on top of the surrounding teeth while the permanent one is made for you. You’ll come back in for a second appointment where the temporary is removed and the permanent fixed bridge is carefully placed. The bridge is smoothed down to create a perfect, even and comfortable bite. Your new bridge can last for decades with proper hygiene and care.
If you would like a new dental bridge or want to know more about this procedure, call our office so that our helpful staff members can better assist you.