A dental bridge is a reliable and long-lasting dental procedure that effectively replaces missing teeth. Unlike removable prosthetics, this bridge is securely attached to nearby teeth, eliminating the need for removal and cleaning. Each bridge is tailored to the individual, resulting in a natural and authentic look. Generally, fixed bridges can endure for several years before needing to be replaced.
Why is a dental bridge necessary?
If you have a missing tooth and want to avoid dental implant surgery or are not eligible for it, getting a dental bridge is a great alternative. It can effectively restore your smile's appearance and functionality, while also preventing neighboring teeth from shifting or overcrowding.
What individuals are eligible for a dental bridge?
Our dental team will assess your teeth to determine if a fixed bridge is suitable for you. The bridge will be positioned over two adjacent teeth to ensure a precise fit and secure placement. Typically, larger bridges are less stable. If we find that the bridge alone may not provide sufficient stability, we may suggest using implants to support it.
What occurs during the dental bridge procedure?
To begin the procedure, we will apply a local anesthetic to numb a specific area of your mouth. Following that, we will shape and file down the surrounding teeth to create enough space for the new fixed bridge. Impressions will be taken during this process to create both a temporary and permanent bridge. Once the shaping and filing are complete, you will leave with the temporary bridge in place. To have the permanent bridge installed, you will need to schedule a second appointment. During this appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent one will be securely placed using a dental-grade adhesive. We will then polish the bridge and make any necessary adjustments. Additionally, we will provide you with instructions on how to properly care for the bridge through brushing and flossing to ensure its longevity.