A dental bridge is a popular and effective appliance used to replace a missing tooth. Dental bridges are an industry staple thanks to the low-risk procedure and time-tested durability. At Middle Creek Dental, we specialize in fixed dental bridges that provide a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap created by a missing tooth. Your surrounding teeth, also known as abutment teeth, are capped with dental crowns and serve as support structures for the prosthetic tooth. In other words, the dental crowns are linked together by the prosthetic tooth.
Dental bridges have some benefits over other restoration options. Bridges can help restore your smile without affecting the way you speak or chew. They also prevent any surrounding teeth from drifting out of position and help maintain your natural bone structure. The procedure is relatively painless, quick, and affordable. In fact, many insurance companies offer complete or partial coverage of the basic procedure.
The Process for Dental Bridges
Like any restoration, it all starts with a consultation visit. Once we have determined you be a suitable candidate for a bridge, we can schedule your procedure.
The procedure typically takes two visits. During your first visit, each abutment tooth will be prepared for a dental crown. This requires a complete reshaping of the tooth. Dr. Shaun Christensen will shave off a portion of your tooth enamel, until there is enough space to accommodate the crown. Once this process is complete, we will take an impression of your teeth, send it to the dental laboratory, and wait for them to fabricate your final bridge.
During the waiting process, we may give you a temporary bridge. This will help protect the exposed gum and reshaped teeth from harmful debris and bacteria. Once the restoration is complete, we can schedule your second visit.
At your second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge and apply the final restoration. We may need to make adjustments to achieve a proper fit. This could take several visits. Once the bridge is properly fit, we will use a strong bonding agent to cement your bridge to the abutment teeth.
How to Care for a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are extremely durable and can last for many years with the proper care. After the procedure is finished, Dr. Shaun Christensen will give you specific instructions on home care. We recommend that you brush and floss twice daily. You will need to use a specialized floss and small brush to clean the space between the bridge and your gums. Scheduling regular check-ups and professional cleanings are also very important. Like most restorations, dental bridges eventually need to be replaced after normal wear. In some cases, we may just need to re-cement the bridge. If you maintain proper care, your bridge could last up to a decade or more.
Contact Us to Learn More About Dental Bridges
If you have a missing tooth, we strongly suggest you consider dental bridges. If you would like to learn more, call (208) 505-9975, and schedule a consultation visit today.