What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that fills in the gap created by missing teeth. Dental bridges are made up of two or more crowns anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap, with an artificial tooth in the middle. These crowns are made from gold, metal alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Some dental bridges are also secured using implants, instead of using adjacent teeth. This type of dental restoration is a more conservative option and allows tooth structure to be preserved by using a dental implant to bridge the area.
A dental bridge is a great solution for patients who are missing one or two teeth in a row. Bridges are also an excellent restoration option because they help complete the smile, and they also prevent other teeth from moving to fill spaces and gaps left after a tooth loss.
What Is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, Dr. George will recontour the anchor teeth that are on either side of the gap to make room for the crown part of the bridge. She will also take a digital scan of these anchor teeth to model and personalize your bridge. You will be given a temporary bridge to cover and protect your teeth and gums while your permanent bridge and crowns are being crafted.
At your second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be placed. Dr. George will make adjustments, if necessary, to ensure your bridge fits comfortably. You may need follow up visits to adjust the bridge to keep your bite balanced. Once Dr. George is satisfied with the fit of the bridge and you are comfortable, it is bonded into place.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- Fill gaps left behind by missing teeth, protecting your ability to chew and speak
- Help prevent dental drift, a phenomenon in which the remaining teeth gradually move toward the gap, often leading to misalignment issues, unbalanced bite, TMJD, pain, and worn-down tooth enamel
- Maintain proper spacing along the dental arch, allowing patients to enjoy better oral health and less risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Restore your smile, improving your appearance, and making you look and feel younger, healthier, and feel more confident
Do you think you could benefit from a dental bridge? Find out by calling 724-934-3422 today.