Dental bridges are ideal for patients who are looking to improve the look and feel of their entire smile. Bridge work helps to restore areas where teeth are missing and can be customized to your own individual needs in order to correct a range of dental woes. At Ramona Dental Group, we are able to perform the entire bridge procedure and send you home with an appliance that looks and feels like the real thing.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a row of false teeth that get permanently cemented to your existing teeth. Dental bridges often have two abutment teeth that get attached to two teeth surrounding a missing tooth. They literally bridge the gap between existing teeth and the missing tooth. Bridges can last for decades with good oral hygiene and care.
Why would someone need a bridge?
There are a few reasons you might be a viable candidate for a dental bridge, and these include:
- You’re missing one or more teeth
- You aren’t a viable candidate for an implant
- You want a surgery-free way to replace a missing tooth
- You want a long-lasting and durable dental option
What to expect with the Bridge Procedure
The bridge procedure is done right in our office and you can have your permanent bridge in roughly two visits. First, in order for abutment teeth to provide the support and structure to hold the teeth, they must be crowned. The teeth that will hold the bridge will be filed down to make room for the crowns to permanently attach to. The crowns will anchor the bridge appliance to the jaw and create a bridge that closes the gap from the healthy teeth and the missing tooth. Impressions will be made of the area and sent off to a local dental lab to create your dental crowns. You will go home the same day with a temporary bridge. Your next appointment involves cementing the permanent bridge into your mouth and adjusting the bite.
If you are interested in dental bridges or would like to inquire further about this procedure, contact us today!