If you are missing teeth, a dental bridge may be a replacement option. A dental bridge covers the gap made by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is composed of two crowns that are secured to your existing teeth. The crowns anchor a replacement tooth, also known as the pontic.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is an effective way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Dental bridges look and function like your natural teeth and can help you chew and speak naturally again. Bridges can help to preserve your jawbone and to keep your existing teeth from moving and changing positions as well.
Process of Getting a Dental Bridge
The process of getting a dental bridge is simple. Placing the actual bridge will be done in two separate visits. During the first visit, we will prepare your surrounding teeth for crowns by contouring and shaving them. We will also select a color for the bridge so that it matches your natural teeth, and take impressions of your mouth. Next, we will secure a temporary bridge. During your second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge and cement a permanent one into place. If you keep up with your regular dental hygiene practices and dental appointments, your bridge can last for many years. Brushing and flossing regularly are the best way to preserve your bridge.
Candidates for Dental Bridges
If you have missing teeth that are surrounded by strong, natural teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. If you do not have healthy teeth remaining, you may be better suited for another replacement method, such as dental implants. During your consultation, our team will review your oral health and help you determine the best way to restore your smile.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment option or want to schedule a consultation, call our office at (614)-850-0446.