In certain circumstances, dental bridges are quite useful for replacing missing teeth. For example, if a patient is missing a single tooth or a relatively small number of teeth, and there are still biological teeth remaining on either side of the gap, a conventional dental bridge can restore a complete smile while preserving a natural appearance. Alternate bridge designs can be used in other situations, such as when there is no natural tooth on one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
If you have suffered tooth loss, the first step to restoring your smile with a dental bridge is scheduling an initial evaluation. At this appointment, your teeth will be examined and impressions may be taken. All of this information will be used to create a dental bridge designed to match your unique needs. You should have input into this process, so don’t hesitate to provide feedback regarding issues like the shade and shape of the prosthetic tooth or teeth.
A dental bridge holds a pontic (prosthetic crown or crowns) in place by securing it with dental crowns placed on the abutment teeth. At the first appointment, your dentist will also prep your teeth for crown placement by removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the crown to slide over the abutment tooth.
When the bridge is ready, it will be bonded to your teeth. Further adjustments can be made as desired before the bridge is placed, but the appliance cannot be altered after it is bonded. You should be sure that you are satisfied with it before this final step.
If there is a gap of time while your bridge is being designed and crafted, you may be able to wear a temporary appliance. Ask your provider about this option.
Dental bridges offer patients an affordable and attractive way to restore a smile after tooth loss. Call our team at Fresh Leaf Dental to learn more about the benefits of this treatment option.