What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a customized, long-term solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. They not only look just like your natural teeth but are also long-lasting and durable. A dental bridge can fill the space left behind by missing teeth while supporting your existing teeth.
A dental bridge may be constructed using a variety of materials including:
Each bridge is custom-fitted for your unique needs and matches the color of your natural tooth enamel. They are often secured in place and designed to be worn for many years because they are from strong, reliable materials.
How Is a Dental Bridge Held in Place?
A dental bridge is typically supported by two crowns placed on either side of the gap. These neighboring teeth act as abutments for the bridge. This stable support system provides an optimal solution to replacing missing teeth as it provides the stability required to function together like natural teeth.
What Can I Expect When Getting a Dental Bridge?
Dr. Wooten will first prepare the surrounding abutment teeth that will fortify and secure the bridge as a critical support system. Our team will then make a mold of the area where the missing teeth will be replaced by the bridge. This mold is then sent to a lab where your custom bridge will be constructed according to Dr. Wooten's specifications.
In the meantime, our team will provide a temporary bridge while the lab constructs your permanent one. This is to keep the abutments intact and to allow you to eat, speak, and smile normally while your permanent bridge is being made. Once it’s ready, we will replace the temporary bridge with the permanent one and you will have a natural-looking functional smile that is as strong and stable as your natural teeth.
How Should I Care for My Dental Bridge?
Care for your bridge the same way you would for your natural teeth to keep it looking and functioning optimally. Make sure to brush regularly, and schedule routine dental checkups with Dr. Wooten to evaluate the condition of your bridge as time passes.
If you’d like to learn more about your treatment options, please contact our office via phone, email, or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Wooten to determine whether a dental bridge may be the ideal solution for you.
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