If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Teeth may also shift and move when a space is made from the loss of a tooth. A dental bridge can be a great option!
Dental bridges replace those missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridge” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. A dental bridge will attaches to the surrounding teeth for support and will be cemented permanently in place. This is different from a partial denture which is an appliance that is to be removed each night for cleaning.
Reasons for a fixed dental bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a dental bridge usually requires two visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by the dentist so that a bridge can fit over each tooth. A shade is selected in order to ensure an appropriate match of the porcelain with your adjacent teeth. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for about three weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit (usually 3 weeks later), the permanent bridge is ready to be inserted. It is tried in, adjusted, polished and inserted with a permanent cement.
A dental bridge will increase your chewing surface, hold your teeth in their correct position, and help the esthetics and shape of your face and smile.
A dental bridge is a common procedure at a dentist’s office. Haslet Dentist uses very high quality materials and instruments to make sure an accurate, custom dental bridge is made for you. At Haslet Dentist, we even warranty our bridges for up to 5 years. You can rest easy knowing your dental bridge will be replaced during that time if something were to happen to it. We want you to feel comfortable with our work and confident that the treatment you receive at our dental office will last for many years to come.
Click here to check out our Warranty page for more details on what else we warranty and the things we do to show our loyalty to our patients and the quality treatment we provide them.