What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge has two or more abutments, which are attached to surrounding teeth. The inner pontic consists of one or more fake teeth that help to fill in areas where teeth are missing. A dental bridge is a less invasive option for replacing missing teeth. This procedure is ideal for patients who don’t want implants or aren’t eligible for dental implant surgery.
Why do you need a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is often needed when one or more teeth are completely missing. The bridge is attached to the surrounding teeth, using them as an anchor to keep secured. Fake teeth, known as a pontic, are in the middle of the bridge and simply sit on top of the gums where the natural teeth have fallen out or been removed. Dental bridges can last for many years before needing to be replaced. They are matched to your unique tooth color for a seamless, beautiful smile.
What makes you a good candidate for a Dental Bridge?
To be considered for a dental bridge, you’ll need to have a consultation and exam done. We can help to determine if a dental bridge is the right choice for you. In order to be eligible for a dental bridge, you’ll need to be completely missing one or more of your teeth. You may need to have an older bridge replaced with new material, which can be done here at J&A Dental.
What happens during the procedure for Dental Bridges?
You will first receive anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable for you. The surrounding teeth will be filed down to make room for the new bridge. Impressions will be made of the area and sent off to a local dental lab. You will be sent home with a temporary dental bridge so that you can still eat and chew normally. After a short period, you’ll come back into the office to have the permanent bridge placed. The bridge will be filed down so that the bite is comfortable for you.
If you think you may need a dental bridge or are interested in learning more about this procedure, contact our office so that we can help to answer your questions.