What Are Dental Bridges?
When a tooth falls out, it leaves a gap that can cause the remaining teeth to shift and alter your bite. A bridge fills the gap by joining an artificial tooth to existing teeth. In addition to replacing the missing tooth, a dental bridge is also able to:
- Prevent existing teeth from shifting
- Restore the ability to chew and speak
- Alleviate pain and discomfort in the jaw
- Maintain the current shape of the face
- Align the bite properly
What To Expect?
If it's determined that a bridge is in your best interest, Dr. Lamielle will sit down with you to review the available options for your smile. Depending on your individual condition, we can place:
- Fixed (or permanent) bridges. The best type of bridge treatment, these solutions often withstand 10-20 years of wear and rely on unseen metal framework to secure the appliance in place.
- Removable bridges. A budget-friendly option, this appliance fastens to surrounding teeth with clasps, rather than with a solid metal wire. These bridges are easily removed for routine cleaning.
Typically, placing a bridge requires two separate visits. At your first appointment, the existing teeth are cleaned and prepared for crowns. Our team captures digital impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth, and sends the results to a sophisticated dental lab. The lab creates a highly life-like appliance custom fit to your smile.
At the second visit, we attach your permanent crowns and bridge. A final cleaning will be performed to ensure your new smile is ready to be proudly displayed the minute you walk out the door.
Need To Bridge The Gap Caused By Missing Teeth?
Are you missing a tooth? Is the void in your smile causing you pain or discomfort? Contact us to set up a time to look at your needs and determine your options.Schedule an Appointment