What’s a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is necessary when you’re missing a tooth. The bridge consists of two abutment teeth that are attached to your actual dentition and a middle false tooth, known as a pontic, that fills in the area where the actual tooth is missing. The bridge procedure is done in under an hour in our office by Dr. Adkins. Your new dental bridge can last for decades with proper routine care.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
A dental bridge is a long-lasting and highly durable restoration that helps to enhance your smile. Not everyone who’s missing a tooth will need a bridge placed. However, some of the most common reasons for needing a bridge include:
• You’re completely missing one or more natural teeth
• You aren’t eligible for dental implant surgery
• You don’t want dental implants
• You don’t want or need a partial denture
• You’re looking for a durable dental restoration that you won’t need to think or worry about
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Bridges?
The dental bridge procedure itself requires minimal local anesthetic. Because of this, it’s ideal for most patients and is especially beneficial to those who aren’t eligible for dental implant surgery. You’ll come in for an exam and consultation by Dr. Adkins to determine if you’ll need a dental bridge. You can schedule another appointment with us to come in and have the new bridge placed.
What happens during a Dental Bridge procedure?
Local anesthetic is administered by Dr. Adkins to numb the area receiving the bridge. The two surrounding teeth are filed down to make room for the bridge to be attached. Impressions, or molds are made of the area to craft both the temporary as well as the permanent dental bridge. You’ll go home the same day with a temporary bridge and will need to come back for a second appointment for the permanent to be placed. The permanent bridge is securely placed and smoothed to provide a comfortable, even bite. Your new bridge will last for anywhere from 10 to 30 years with proper care.
If you would like a dental bridge or want to have an older restoration replaced, call our office so that our staff can further assist you.