A dental bridge is a strong and successful restoration that literally bridges the gap in your smile and replaces your missing teeth. It is generally anchored by the two remaining natural teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth, and it is made of two or more dental crowns as well as false teeth.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
There are many benefits of a dental bridge. This restoration can restore your smile, give you the ability to properly chew and speak again, maintain the shape of your face, give you the force you need in your bite, and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of place.
What is the process of installing a dental bridge?
The process involved in placing the dental bridge requires two visits.
During your first visit, your dentist will prepare the teeth that are meant to anchor the bridge. The preparation involves your dentist removing a portion of the enamel to make room for the dental crowns that hold the bridge in place. But don’t worry—your mouth will be numb during this section of the treatment. When your teeth are the correct size and shape, your dentist will make impressions of the teeth and will send them to the dental lab where your bridge will be created. While you wait for your permanent bridge, you will be given a temporary bridge to help you in your everyday activities.
During your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and will check the size and fit of the new bridge and will cement it into place if it fits correctly.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
Caring for a dental bridge is simple and easy. All you need to do is brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. You will also need to attend your six month checkups.
Call our office today if you would like to learn more about dental bridges or if you would like to schedule an appointment!