A Dental Bridge Can Restore and Complete Your Smile
Do you ever feel slightly self-conscious as a result of gaps in your teeth? Have you ever laughed or grinned with friends, and then reined in your own enjoyment to cover an incomplete smile? A dental bridge may be just what you need. A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic that is custom made and permanently fitted by your dentist. The most common type of dental bridge is supported on both sides by dental crowns placed over your natural teeth. Not all patients are candidates for dental bridge placement, but there are many types of bridges and several other options to restore your smile to its natural state. Lose the gap for good and stop holding back.
What to Expect
Dental bridge placement involves a less invasive procedure than that of dental implants, making it an attractive alternative for individuals who are missing teeth but are hesitant to undergo oral surgery. As bridges can be placed in areas where 1 to 3 teeth are missing, they are an effective treatment option for the majority of our patients with dental gaps.
Your First Appointment
During your first appointment, we will prep the teeth on both sides of the gap where the false tooth or teeth will be inserted. The area will be numbed using a mild anesthetic for optimum comfort. The teeth that will support your new bridge will be carefully reshaped to accommodate crowns. We will take an impression that will allow us to tailor your bridge to your natural smile so that when it’s ready it will slip perfectly over the teeth on either side of the gap.
• Enjoy a comfortable bite
• Reduce speech problems
• Chew food without discomfort
• Stop your teeth from shifting and prevent TMJ disorder
• Stop worrying about your smile
• Improve and even out your facial structure
• Long-lasting –modern bridges can last longer than a decade with proper care
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are three main types of bridges:
Porcelain Dental Bridge
Cosmetic dentists have been creating traditional bridges for a number of years. The traditional bridge is used when a crown or implant is created on either side of the missing tooth. It is the most common type of bridge and typically is made of a porcelain core that is covered with a porcelain finish.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
These bridges are used in specific cases when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. The cantilever bridge normally requires two teeth to anchor to, to ensure enough support to properly anchor the bridge.
Maryland (Resin Bonded) Bridge
This bridge is structured with wings that are bonded to existing teeth on each side of the bridge. This bridge is commonly used to replace front teeth, frequently missing due to a sports injury or an accident.
There are different types of dental bridges – permanent and semi-permanent. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants.
To begin the process of creating and placing a dental bridge, the existing teeth need to be prepared, as they will act as the anchor or “abutment” for the bridge.
An impression is taken to create a bridge that is tailor-made for your smile.
Once your bridge is ready we will test fit and then permanently cement the bridge into place. It’s important that your bridge feels natural and completely comfortable.
Maintenance is the next critical step. We will give you instructions on the proper care of your bridge and look forward to seeing you at a follow-up or your next routine exam.
The whole process usually takes two appointments. In the first appointment, your teeth will be re-examined and prepared. The impression will be taken and sent to the lab. A temporary bridge will be made chairside and you will be able to leave. Approximately two weeks later, you will return to try on your final bridge and have it cemented in.
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Out our clinic we primarily use porcelain for our dental bridge procedures.