Dental Bridges

Achieving a natural looking and realistic smile after tooth loss is possible with dental bridges. Dental bridges are one method used by dentists to fill a gap created by a missing tooth (or teeth). Depending on the dental bridge type you choose, the procedure and cost will vary. A dental bridge is made up of two dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth in between. Natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of natural teeth and dental implants can be used to support the bridge. The dentist will sculpt down the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth. Once the teeth have been sufficiently prepped, a mold, or impression, is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where specialists can custom make your bridge and the crown restorations. Finally, temporary crowns and a bridge will be placed to protect your teeth and gums from further damage. In about two weeks, we will place the final restoration. We will use cement or a bonding solution to hold the crowns and bridge in place, then polish the cusps of the restorations to provide you with a comfortable bite.

Call us today to find out if a fixed bridge is a good solution for your missing teeth.

What is a Removable Bridge?

Removable bridges or removable partial dentures are appliances made to replace one or more missing teeth in an arch. Depending on your situation, a removable bridge may be for you. Removable bridges usually have replacement teeth attached to gum -colored plastic bases connected by metal framework.  They may attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devises called precision attachments.  Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable bridge fits your mouth. Inserting and removing the new removable bridge will take some practice.  It may feel awkward for the first few weeks. However, your mouth will become accustomed to it.  The bridge should fit into place with relative ease. Once your missing teeth are replaced, eating should be a much more pleasant experience. Since missing teeth can make it difficult to speak clearly, wearing a removable bridge can help with that, too. Over time, as you age and your mouth changes, it may be necessary to replace your removable bridge.  Also, from time to time, a rebase of the gum portion of the removable may be necessary to improve the fit and keep the bridge comfortable. Removable bridges should be taken out at night before sleep and for cleaning.

If you think you are a good candidate for a removable bridge call us.  We’d love to see you.