Understanding the Dental Bridge Procedure
By Stephen Rogers on July 10, 2017
For many who struggle with tooth loss, dental bridges can help restore dental function and the smile's appearance. Patients often have many questions about the dental bridge procedure when deciding if this is the right treatment for them. Here, we answer some of these questions as we discuss the treatment process for dental bridges.
If you have more questions, the team at Greater Long Island Dental would be happy to explain the dental bridge procedure in detail. For more information, contact our Long Island, NY practice today.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges bridge the space created when one or more teeth are missing. Dental bridges are typically made of two dental crowns, or abutment teeth, joined by one or more artificial teeth, called pontics. Dental bridges are anchored within the mouth by bonding the dental crowns to the nearest natural teeth. In other cases, they can be attached to dental implants.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
Placing a dental bridge is a simple procedure that generally requires two or three dental visits to complete. During the first visit, the teeth that will be used to support the dental bridge are prepared. This is done by removing a thin amount of the enamel from these teeth to make room for the dental crowns to seamlessly fit over them. Once the teeth are prepared, impressions are made and sent to a dental lab where the dental bridge will be crafted for a custom fit. A temporary bridge will be placed to protect the treated teeth while the bridge is being made.
Once the customized dental bridge is completed, a second dental visit is needed to bond the bridge in place. During this visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the finished bridge is checked for fit. Adjustments may be made to ensure the bridge fits properly and comfortably. In some cases, the bridge is temporarily cemented in place to ensure a proper fit and bite before the bridge is bonded to the teeth.
While many people who receive dental bridges will have their bridge bonded to their natural teeth, others may have their bridge attached to dental implants. Dental implants are surgically placed titanium metal posts that may be paired with different types of dental restorations, including implant-supported dental bridges. Dental bridges may be anchored to dental implants when a significant number of teeth are missing.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer many benefits to those who are missing one or more teeth. Some of the most notable benefits include:
- Restored dental function, specifically the ability to properly chew
- Helps those with significant tooth loss speak clearly
- Restored appearance
- Prevents the remaining teeth from shifting within the mouth
- Helps maintain even distribution of biting forcing by replacing missing teeth
- Improved comfort when chewing and biting
Are Dental Bridges Right for You?
Dental bridges are suitable for most people who suffer from one or more missing teeth. To find out if you're a candidate, or to learn more about other options for replacing missing teeth, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our team today.
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