Like dental implants, and dentures, dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth, except bridges are supported by the teeth on either side called abutment teeth. Unlike dentures however, bridges are cemented firmly into place and cannot be removed.
A dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak as well as your smile. Bridges reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth. In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape, as they tend to do when a person has missing teeth.
The procedure of installing a dental bridge is typically completed in two visits. First, your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. If you are, the adjacent or “abutment” teeth will need to be prepared by reshaping or reconstructing any badly decayed or damaged areas. Afterward, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which is then sent off to a lab, and give you a temporary bridge to wear. On your second visit, the bridge will be tried in, adjusted, and cemented into place.
To find out more about bridges or to schedule an appointment, call Beffa Dental today!