Whether you’re missing one tooth or several teeth, it’s important to replace them. However, you don’t always need dentures, especially if you only have a small gap, and most dentists prefer a more permanent solution to preserve the structural integrity of your gums, jaw, and surrounding teeth. That’s where a fixed dental bridge can help you close the gap between your missing teeth and give you your natural smile back.
A dental bridge is attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. It does not require drilling into the jaw, as implants do, and unlike dentures, dental bridges offer a strong, long-term solution that functions exactly like a normal tooth.
If you choose to have a dental bridge installed, our dentists will make a mold of this area in order to create a custom fit and ensure that the bridge is strong and stable. The new tooth attached to the bridge will be made of ceramic or porcelain, and is designed to look completely natural so that it will blend in with your existing teeth.
The mold is then sent to a laboratory to create the permanent bridge. In the meantime, your dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge to keep the surrounding teeth and gums safe. Once the permanent bridge is placed using dental adhesive, you’ll have a complete smile once again.
After your dental bridge is installed, you’ll need to eat soft foods for a few days and avoid aggravating the site of the bridge. Over time, you’ll be able to eat, drink, and speak normally, and the bridge will feel perfectly natural.
To find out if a dental bridge is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can help improve your smile, reduce issues with speaking and eating, and help keep the rest of your teeth healthy and strong.