What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that can be used to replace missing teeth within the mouth. When you’re missing one or more teeth, this can have an impact on the way that you feel about your appearance as well as how your teeth function. If you’re not a good candidate for a dental implant, a bridge is the next best choice for our patients. Bridges are designed to last for decades while providing daily wear and resilience to your smile.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
The most common reason for needing a dental bridge is because you’re completely missing a tooth. The bridge itself will sit over top of the two surrounding teeth, with the middle portion of the bridge sitting over the gums and replacing what is missing. Bridges offer both cosmetic and restorative benefits, since they improve your smile while increasing functionality. Bridges can be placed in virtually any area of the mouth, so long as there is enough supportive tooth structure to keep them in place.
Watch the video: Dr. Bo Stanley of Austin, TX explains what a dental bridge is
Watch the video: Dr. Bo Stanley of Austin, TX discusses the process in getting a dental bridge
Who is a candidate for Dental Bridges?
To determine if you’ll benefit from a bridge, we will conduct an examination. This exam allows us to see if you’re missing any teeth and if a bridge can be placed in the area where it is missing. Most patients who need a bridge can safely sit for the procedure. Unlike implants, there is no surgery required in order to place the bridge permanently.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The procedure will begin with local anesthetic that is used to numb the area. We carefully file down the two surrounding teeth to make adequate room for the dental bridge. Impressions are taken so that we can make a permanent bridge for you. You’ll leave the office after the first visit with a temporary bridge in place. After about one to two weeks, you’ll come back into the office to have the permanent bridge placed. We adjust the way that the bridge fits, sits and how you’re able to bite to improve comfort before you can leave the office with your brand new smile.
If you would like to learn more about bridge work and how it can benefit your smile, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly team members.