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Your Dental Bridge Questions Answered

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Today, we're diving into the world of dental bridges – a common solution for missing teeth.

If you need a dental bridge, you might not know exactly what to expect. To help you understand bridges, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to address your most pressing dental bridge questions.

What is a Dental Bridge?

When you picture a bridge, you see two spaces connected by a sturdy structure in the center; a dental bridge follows that exact concept in order to replace one or more missing teeth. These custom-made restorations "bridge" the space where the teeth are missing, using one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics. Pontics are anchored securely on either side by crowns placed on neighboring natural teeth or implants in order to cover the gap.

Dental Bridge Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Here are our answers.

Why Opt for a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges not only restore the look of your smile but also have a positive impact on your oral health. Bridges can help to prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, aid in proper chewing and speaking, and distribute bite forces evenly. Not to mention that they can help improve the way you feel about yourself since they are almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Are Dental Bridges Permanent?

Dental bridges are designed to be long-lasting. They have a lifespan that can extend over a decade with proper care. They are semi-permanent, meaning they are fixed and can only be removed by a professional.

Do Dental Bridges Look Natural?

Absolutely! Dental bridges are crafted from materials like porcelain or ceramic. Your bridge will be carefully matched to the color of your natural teeth and even have a similar translucence and texture.

Is the Procedure Painful?

The process of getting a dental bridge is typically performed with local anesthesia, making it a pain-free experience. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, but this usually subsides within a few days.

How Do I Care for My Bridge?

Caring for your bridge is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are extremely important, as with any dental work.

Can Anyone Get a Dental Bridge?

Most patients with one or more missing teeth will be candidates for a dental bridge. However, the health of the surrounding teeth and gums plays a determinative role. A consultation will determine if a dental bridge is the best option for you.

How Many Visits Does It Take?

Typically, the dental bridge process requires two visits to the office. The first visit will be to prepare the abutment teeth and taking impressions for the bridge. The second visit is when your custom-made bridge is fitted and adjusted to ensure a perfect fit.

What if My Bridge Feels Uncomfortable?

It's normal for a new dental bridge to feel unusual at first. After all, it can be a big change. You should quickly get used to the feeling of your bridge. However, let us know about any discomfort. Adjustments can be made to ensure your bridge is comfortable and functional.

What are the Alternatives to Dental Bridges?

While dental bridges are a fantastic solution for many, alternatives like dental implants and removable partial dentures are also an option. Each choice has different pros and cons, and we can help you decide which is best for you based on your individual needs and oral health.

If you want to know more about dental bridges or about choosing between a bridge or other missing tooth treatment option, schedule an appointment today. We can help guide you to the best option for your smile.


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