A dental bridge is a restoration that helps to replace one or more missing natural teeth. The bridge attaches permanently to surrounding teeth, so it won't need to be removed and cleaned like a prosthetic appliance. Bridgework is specifically made for each patient, providing a natural and realistic appearance. Bridges provide a wonderful alternative to implants or dentures for people that want to chew and smile as if they had their natural teeth.
The most common reason for needing a bridge is because you're missing a tooth. You might want to avoid having surgery done to place an implant or you're not a good candidate for implant surgery. Bridgework helps to restore the fullness of your smile while improving functionality. Because of your bridge, your surrounding teeth are less likely to become crooked and crowded.
We can examine your teeth to determine if a fixed bridge is right for you. In order for the bridge to fit properly and securely, it'll need to be placed over two surrounding teeth. We may recommend implants to hold a bridge if we feel natural teeth are not available.
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic to numb one area of the mouth. We then gently shape and carefully reduce the surrounding teeth. This will help to make room for the new fixed bridge. Digital impressions are then taken and will be used to create a same-day permanent bridge. When same-day bridges are not an option, you'll go home with the temporary one in place and will need to come back for a second appointment for the permanent. In that case, 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 benefit from a dental bridge, call our office today so that our helpful staff members can further assist you.