Fixed dental bridges are designed to replace missing teeth. If you are missing a tooth, the bridge will attach to the two surrounding teeth, with a false tooth in the middle that rests on the gum line. Most bridges can last for years, and even several decades, before needing replacement. They are a viable alternative to implants for patients who cannot undergo oral surgery. The procedure is quick and easy, normally requiring about two appointments to complete.
A dental bridge is often recommended to patients who are missing one or more natural teeth. The bridge is placed in the mouth using high-quality, durable dental cement. Your bridge will help improve the look of your smile, while simultaneously improving oral functioning. Bridges can be placed on virtually any tooth in the mouth to replace what is missing.This gives the appearance that you have a tooth where it is missing, while simultaneously improving overall oral functioning.
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Dental bridges are often beneficial to patients who may not want oral surgery to place implants, or cannot undergo oral surgery. Bridges are long-lasting, in most cases staying firmly in place for decades before replacement is needed. To determine if you will need a bridge, you can come in for an exam and consultation. We can even remove an old bridge, replacing it with a brand new one, as necessary.
The first step is to numb the area with a local anesthetic. After you are comfortable, the two surrounding teeth are filed down to accommodate the new bridge. Impressions are taken of the teeth and sent to a lab where a permanent bridge is made for you. You will come in for a second appointment and have the bridge placed. It is not uncommon for bridges to need slight adjustments to improve bite and feel. We can give you important advice on how to care for your new bridge once it has been placed.
If you would like to learn more about a dental bridge or come in for a consultation, call us today and our helpful staff members can assist you.