If you’re embarrassed by the gap in your smile that is resulting from your missing permanent teeth, dental bridges are here to save the day! With the help of this restoration, you will have your dream smile in no time and you will finally have the ability to chew, eat, talk, and smile once again.
A dental bridge is a strong restoration that is made of two or more crowns and false teeth. It is anchored by the remaining natural teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth, which is why the bridge treatment is noninvasive as well as permanent.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
A dental bridge can offer many benefits; this is because it can restore your smile, maintain the shape of your face, improve your appearance, give you the ability to properly chew and speak, give you the force you need in your bite, and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of place.
What is the process of placing the 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?
It does not take much to care for a dental bridge. All you need to do is brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. You will also need to attend your six month checkups for a deeper and more professional clean.
If you are interested in improving your smile as well as your oral health with a dental bridge, we encourage you to call our office today and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and if a dental bridge is the right solution for you, we will get you started on the treatment right away. We look forward to working with you!