A Dental Bridge Can Restore and Complete Your Smile
Have you ever found yourself feeling a tad self-conscious due to the presence of gaps in your teeth? Perhaps you’ve shared a hearty laugh or a joyful grin with friends, only to hold back your enthusiasm to conceal an incomplete smile. If this sounds familiar, a dental bridge could be the solution you’ve been searching for.
A dental bridge is a tailor-made oral prosthesis expertly installed by your dentist, offering a permanent remedy. The most prevalent variety of dental bridge is anchored on both sides by dental crowns affixed to your natural teeth. It’s worth noting that not all individuals are suitable candidates for dental bridge placement, but there exists a variety of bridge types and alternative options to restore your smile to its original, radiant state. Bid farewell to that gap once and for all and liberate yourself from holding back your true smile.
Our Process for Dental Bridges
What to Expect
Opting for a dental bridge offers a less invasive route compared to the oral surgery involved in dental implant placement, which can be particularly appealing to those individuals who have missing teeth but harbor reservations about undergoing surgical procedures. Dental bridges present a practical solution since they can effectively address gaps involving one to three teeth, catering to the needs of a substantial portion of our patients.
If dental bridges align with your dental needs, the good news is that the procedure can typically be completed in just one appointment with our skilled dentists.
Your First Appointment
In your initial appointment, we’ll begin by preparing the teeth flanking the gap where the artificial tooth or teeth are to be placed. To ensure your utmost comfort, we’ll apply a gentle anesthetic to numb the area. The teeth serving as the foundation for your new bridge will be expertly reshaped to accommodate crowns, facilitating a secure fit. Additionally, we’ll either take a precise impression or employ advanced 3D scanning technology to create a bridge customized to harmonize seamlessly with your natural smile. When it’s completed, your bridge will effortlessly slide into place, perfectly fitting over the adjacent teeth, closing the gap with precision.
• Experience the convenience of receiving your dental bridge within a single day
• Relish a comfortable and harmonious bite
• Mitigate speech-related issues
• Lower the risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and bone loss
• Delight in pain-free food consumption
• Safeguard your teeth against shifting and the development of TMJ disorder • Bid farewell to smile-related worries
• Enhance and balance your facial structure
• Enjoy the long-lasting benefits—modern bridges can endure well beyond a decade with diligent care
Contact us today
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.
There are different types of dental bridges – permanent and semi-permanent. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants.
To begin the process of creating and placing a dental bridge, the existing teeth need to be prepared, as they will act as the anchor or “abutment” for the bridge.
An impression or 3D scan is taken to create a bridge that is tailor-made for your smile.
Once your bridge is ready we will test fit and then permanently cement the bridge into place. It’s important that your bridge feels natural and completely comfortable.
Maintenance is the next critical step. We will give you instructions on the proper care of your bridge and look forward to seeing you at a follow-up or your next routine exam.
The whole process usually takes one appointment. Your teeth will be examined and prepared. Your exact measurements will then be used to create a custom, natural-looking bridge. We carefully test fit your bridge first to ensure it works for you before we cement it in place.
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Out our clinic we primarily use porcelain for our dental bridge procedures.
Sometimes, people use the terms dental bridge and crown interchangeably. The reality is they have different functions. Dental crowns are prosthetic caps that are placed over broken, chipped, or worn teeth. They are effective in strengthening the teeth and preventing tooth decay. Dental bridges are designed to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.