A time tested, esthetic method of tooth replacement is a dental bridge. This procedure may be the optimal treatment if you are not a candidate for implants. Crowns are attached to the remaining teeth, while a false tooth bridges the gap between the natural teeth. These false teeth can look and function just as your natural teeth would and can last for many years when properly cared for. Bridges offer significant advantages over other tooth replacement solutions.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Some of the many benefits of bridges include:
- Cost-effective: When compared to implants, bridges are more affordable. When multiple teeth need to be replaced, this procedure is typically a more cost effective option.
- Permanent: Bridges are fixed in your mouth and can only be removed by a dentist. They do not need to be removed and cleaned daily like partial dentures. However, you do still need to ensure that you care for your bridges properly.
- Improved appearance: Fixed bridges can actually improve the look of your teeth by not only filling in the toothless gap, but also improving the shape and color of teeth surrounding the gap.
- Less invasive: A tooth bridge is less invasive than an implant. Dental implants can require multiple surgical procedures and bone grafting to complete the procedure.
- Quick: Depending on the type and size, bridges can be implemented in as little as two appointments.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The bridge procedure will be performed right in your dentist’s office. How the procedure is performed will vary form one office to the next and will also depend on: a) what type of dental bridge you choose, and b) how many teeth need to be replaced. In most cases, the procedure can be completed in just two visits.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth (or connecting teeth) will be prepared. A portion of each tooth’s enamel and dentin are removed to make room for the crown. Your dentist will provide an anesthetic to make this portion of the procedure more comfortable. An impression of your teeth will be made, which will be used to create the bridge, dental cap and the pontic (fake tooth). You will be given a temporary bridge to help protect your missing teeth while the permanent bridge is made in a dental lab.
During the second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed. Your dentist will adjust the new bridge to ensure that it fits properly. Depending on what adjustments need to be made, it may take several visits to achieve a proper fit. The bridge may be cemented in place temporarily to make sure that it fits properly. After a few weeks, the bridge will then be cemented into place permanently.
At Ascent Family Dental, we’ll help you decide if a bridge is the best option for you, and, as always, make the procedure as easy and comfortable as possible. Each bridge is custom fabricated out of high quality materials right here in Greeley by a laboratory technician with years of experience, so you can rest assured that you have a high quality bridge designed to last.