Missing a tooth or several teeth? We are here to help.
Bridges are a simple, effective solution for restoring function to the mouth and improving the look of your smile.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device, usually made of porcelain or ceramic fused to a metal base, that replaces missing teeth.
The bridge gets securely attached to the real teeth on either side of the gap left behind by the missing tooth. Once a bridge is cemented in place, it works and looks just like natural teeth.
When Might a Dental Bridge Be Needed?
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and healthy teeth on either side of the gap, you may be able to restore health and function to your mouth with a dental bridge.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges offer benefits such as:
- Restoring function
- Restoring appearance
- Protecting your bite (if the gap left by a missing tooth is not filled, it can cause the surrounding teeth to lean into the gap over time and affect the way you bite or lead to decay)
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What Happens During a Dental Bridge Procedure?
After confirming you are a good candidate for a dental bridge during a consultation, your initial procedure will consist of preparing the teeth either side of the gap. This is done by removing a 1-2mm of the enamel of the tooth to make room for a crown to be placed over them.
A 3-D digital scan of the teeth is taken and sent to a local dental laboratory, where it is used to create a bridge that is custom-made for your mouth.
A temporary bridge is placed over the teeth while the permanent bridge is manufactured. At the next appointment, your dentist will replace your temporary bridge with the permanent dental bridge that gets cemented in place to the surrounding healthy teeth.
A dental bridge can also be anchored in place with a dental implant.
What Type of Care Does a Dental Bridge Require?
Consistent oral hygiene is crucial for maintaining your dental bridge. It is recommended to brush and floss at least twice a day and see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
What is the Difference Between a Crown and a Bridge?
A crown is a cap used to restore function to a tooth, protect a badly broken down tooth from further damage, or improve a tooth’s appearance.
A bridge, unlike a crown, uses existing teeth to help fill in a gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge utilizes a prosthetic tooth that is anchored in the gap between the two adjacent teeth to establish a natural-looking appearance.
Both procedures are straightforward, safe, affordable and offered by our practice. Call Chelmsford Dental today to book a consultation with one of our dentists.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges, please feel free to reach out to us. We would be happy to answer any questions or help you schedule a consultation.