What is a Dental Bridge?
Do you have a gap in your teeth and are wondering how to fix it? The answer might be a dental bridge, and we can help with that. Dental bridges also could work if you are missing teeth.
The purpose of a dental bridge is quite literally to create a bridge for the gap between your teeth, or one missing teeth created. There are a couple of different types of dental bridges. With a traditional bridge, we will create a crown for the tooth and implant it on the side of the missing tooth. A false tooth will go in between and be bridged over, using the anchor teeth to hold down the bridge. With a cantilever bridge, there will only be teeth on one side of the open space, so there will not be two anchor teeth involved.
The option to consider besides a dental bridge is a dental implant. However, implants require surgery, are more painful, and take a longer recovery time. A dental bridge is a much easier procedure and can look just as good as an implant. Many people have dental bridges that look just as good, or better, as their original teeth.
Installing a dental bridge is relatively straightforward.
- First, we take imprints and measurements of your mouth to ensure we make the right size bridge.
- We will use a local anesthetic during the procedure, so you should feel no pain.
- You will need to keep your mouth open for a few hours, so you might feel some minor jaw discomfort that can be alleviated with over the counter pain relievers.
- Unlike a dental implant, you should be able to resume generally eating within hours of the procedure.
For any more questions on dental bridges or general dental health, we are here to help. Reach out and contact us.