A dental bridge is an option to replace a missing tooth or teeth. There are different types of bridges, and we can help you to choose the option that is right for your unique dental needs. There are now full ceramic, metal-free, bridges that eliminate the esthetic concern of any metal showing. Almost all of the bridges we place are all ceramic. They are beautiful and durable.
A bridge is a good option when a tooth cannot be replaced by an implant or if you choose not to undergo implant surgery.
Getting Your Fixed Bridge
The process of getting your bridge will generally require at least two appointments with your dentist. Your teeth will be numbed to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure, and the anchoring teeth will then be prepared by having a portion of the enamel removed in order to make room for a crown. Molds will be made of your teeth to be sent to a dental lab, and the bridge is fabricated at this facility. You may also be able to wear a temporary bridge until your follow-up appointment, which will usually be scheduled about two weeks out.
At your next visit, we'll remove your temporary bridge, and the new bridge will be checked for proper fit. Once it is determined that the bridge is ready, it will be bonded or cemented into place.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Bridges are created to be highly durable, and with proper care, they can last for many years. However, even normal wear can require them to need replacement, so be sure to follow-up with your dentist for regular examinations to ensure that your bridge is still in good shape. You should also be sure to brush and floss properly in order to keep your remaining teeth healthy and avoid future tooth loss. Bridges require special flossing underneath the bridge that we will demonstrate to you.