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Our office utilizes dental bridges to fill the space between missing and remaining teeth by forming a bridge between them. 

Bridges are an option for patients who have lost a tooth but still have healthy teeth on both sides of the space. Benefits of dental bridges include:

  • Smile restoration
  • Improvement in your ability to properly speak and chew
  • Preservation of your face shape
  • Prevention of other teeth in your mouth from moving out of position 

Although the teeth in a bridge are physically connected, they will have the natural look of individual teeth. In some cases, when adjacent teeth are not part of your treatment plan, our office offers implants as an option.   

How Long Does the Process Take?

Dental bridges will typically only require two visits to our office. At your first visit, abutment or anchoring teeth are prepared. This involves recontouring through enamel removal to provide space for the crown to be placed. We will also make an impression of your teeth for the custom dental bridge mold. You will be provided with a temporary bridge at this visit to ensure exposed gums and teeth are protected while the permanent bridge is being created.

At your second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge and place the new custom bridge, and our dentist will make adjustments to ensure proper fit. In some instances, particularly with longer bridges, we will schedule a third visit. This gives you time to try out the fit of the bridge’s framework prior to porcelain application. 

How Do I Care for My Dental Bridges?

Proper dental hygiene is imperative for patients with dental bridges. One of the most common issues is tooth decay that can occur below the crowns that support the bridge. Food can also get lodged beside or beneath the bridge, leading to plaque build-up. To avoid these issues from occurring, we recommend:

  • Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing between natural teeth as well as under your dental bridge
  • Utilizing a fluoride rinse
  • Getting your teeth cleaned regularly at our office
  • Maintaining regular dental checkups to ensure the bridge is doing well 

Is There an Alternative to Dental Bridges?

In cases where adjacent teeth are not necessary for your treatment plan, implants are an alternative to fixed bridges. A dental implant is a permanent, fixed replacement for a lost or damaged tooth. Because the root of the old tooth is replaced and the implant is secured to your jaw, an implant is less likely to come loose and is a more permanent solution to missing teeth than dentures. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or your full set of teeth. If you are otherwise healthy and able to withstand minor dental surgery, a dental implant can be a great alternative choice to fill out your smile.

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