Getting a Dental Bridge? Here’s What to Expect
If you are missing a tooth, your dentist may suggest a dental bridge. It is called a dental bridge because it is sensually bridges the gap left behind where your old tooth once was. A dental bridge is typically fastened to your natural teeth or two dental crowns placed over them. Sometimes, a dental bridge is attached to a dental implant directly into your jaw bone.
Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges do more than just restore the look of your smile. Without a dental bridge, your remaining teeth will start to float around because they are not as firmly held in place without the added structure of that missing tooth. This can cause serious dental problems and an unsightly smile. This can lead to a negative impact on your natural bite and can also lead to additional tooth loss. It is therefore necessary to fill the gap left behind from a missing tooth.
What is the Procedure for Getting a Dental Bridge?
A typical dental bridge procedure involves multiple visits to your dentist. During your first visit, the teeth around the gap will be prepared to receive a dental crown. A temporary dental bridge will then usually be attached to these two dental crowns. This will cause your dental bridge to remain secure in place and will not allow your teeth to float.
It may take additional visits to adjust your bridge to make sure that it is properly in place. Once your dentist believes the fit is perfect, it will be cemented into place.
A dental bridge is an excellent way to restore your natural ability to chew as well as restore your smile. If you have any more questions regarding dental bridges, please give us a call today or stop into our office.