A Dental Bridge Can Restore and Complete Your Smile
Have you ever experienced a hint of self-consciousness due to the gaps in your teeth? Perhaps you’ve found yourself sharing laughter or smiles with friends, only to temper your own enjoyment to hide an incomplete grin. If this resonates with you, a dental bridge might be the solution you’ve been seeking. A dental bridge is a personalized oral prosthetic, expertly crafted and permanently affixed by your dentist. The most prevalent form of dental bridge is anchored on both sides by dental crowns that are placed over your existing natural teeth. While not all patients are eligible for dental bridge installation, numerous bridge variations and alternative choices are available to help you reclaim your natural, unreserved smile. Bid farewell to the gap once and for all, and embrace unrestricted expression.
Long-Lasting Benefits Of Dental Bridges
What to Expect
The process of placing a dental bridge is notably less invasive compared to that of dental implants. This makes it an appealing choice for individuals who have missing teeth but feel apprehensive about undergoing oral surgery. Bridges can be positioned in spaces where there’s a gap of 1 to 3 teeth, rendering them a practical and efficient solution for most of our patients grappling with dental spaces. Should dental bridges align with your needs, our skilled dentists can typically complete the procedure in just one appointment.
Your First Appointment
At your initial visit, we will begin by preparing the teeth flanking the space where the replacement tooth or teeth will be positioned. To ensure your utmost comfort, the region will be gently numbed using a mild anesthetic. The teeth chosen to provide support for your forthcoming bridge will undergo precise reshaping to create room for crowns. Following this, we will proceed to take an impression or a 3D scan, which will serve as the basis for customizing your bridge to harmonize seamlessly with your natural smile. This meticulous process ensures that once the bridge is ready, it will effortlessly and precisely fit over the adjacent teeth, completing the gap with perfection.
Acquire your dental bridge within a single day, relishing immediate benefits such as enhanced bite comfort and diminished speech concerns. Experience a lowered risk of tooth decay, periodontal issues, and bone loss, while enjoying pain-free chewing. Prevent teeth shifting and alleviate the potential for TMJ disorder. Bid farewell to smile-related worries and witness an improved, balanced facial structure. With a focus on durability, modern bridges can endure for over a decade when maintained appropriately.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are three main types of bridges:
Porcelain Dental Bridge
Cosmetic dentists have been creating traditional bridges for a number of years. The traditional bridge is used when a crown or implant is created on either side of the missing tooth. It is the most common type of bridge and typically is made of a porcelain core that is covered with a porcelain finish.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
These bridges are used in specific cases when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. The cantilever bridge normally requires two teeth to anchor to, to ensure enough support to properly anchor the bridge.
Maryland (Resin Bonded) Bridge
This bridge is structured with wings that are bonded to existing teeth on each side of the bridge. This bridge is commonly used to replace front teeth, frequently missing due to a sports injury or an accident.
Various kinds of dental bridges exist, categorized as permanent or semi-permanent options. Occasionally known as fixed partial dentures, bridges fall into the semi-permanent category as they are affixed to existing teeth or implants.
Initiating the dental bridge crafting and installation process necessitates initial preparation of the existing teeth, which will serve as the foundational anchor points or “abutments” for the bridge. Subsequently, an impression or 3D scan is captured, serving as the foundation for a meticulously customized bridge designed to harmonize seamlessly with your unique smile.
Upon completion of the bridge, a trial fitting will be conducted to ensure precise fit, followed by the permanent cementing of the bridge into position. This step is pivotal to guarantee that your bridge feels entirely natural and provides optimal comfort.
Typically completed within a single appointment, the entire procedure entails a comprehensive evaluation and preparation of your teeth. Precise measurements derived from these assessments are employed to fashion a personalized, lifelike bridge. Thoroughly assessing the bridge’s fit, we conduct a trial fitting to confirm its suitability before proceeding to securely affix it in its designated position.
Bridges have the option of being crafted from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a blend of these materials. At our clinic, our predominant choice for dental bridge procedures is porcelain.
Occasionally, individuals use the phrases “dental bridge” and “crown” interchangeably; however, their roles are distinct. Dental crowns are prosthetic caps positioned atop damaged, chipped, or eroded teeth, effectively reinforcing them and thwarting tooth decay. In contrast, dental bridges are specifically crafted to span the void caused by the absence of one or more teeth.