Dental bridges are a highly effective and popular solution for replacing missing teeth, helping to restore both the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. A dental bridge consists of two or more crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap, with a false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth, known as pontics, can be made from a variety of materials including gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
The procedure for getting a dental bridge typically involves two or more visits to our clinic. During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of your teeth are then made, serving as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab. We will provide you with a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.
Our dental bridges are designed to seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth, providing a natural-looking and long-lasting solution to missing teeth. Not only do they enhance the appearance of your smile, but they also restore your ability to properly chew and speak, maintain the shape of your face, and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Key Benefits of Bridges
- Restored Smile: Achieve a full and radiant smile, boosting your confidence and self-esteem.
- Improved Chewing and Speech:Enjoy your favorite foods and speak clearly without difficulty.
- Maintained Facial Structure: Prevent the sagging of facial muscles, preserving your natural appearance.
- Evenly Distributed Bite: Protect your natural teeth from excessive wear and tear.
- Prevention of Teeth Shifting: Keep remaining teeth in their proper position, promoting alignment.
- Long-Lasting Solution: Enjoy a durable and reliable solution with proper care and maintenance.
- Enhanced Oral Health: Contribute positively to your overall oral health and well-being.
The Evaluation Stage
Laying the Groundwork for Success
Before we proceed with a dental bridge, a thorough evaluation is imperative to ensure that this is the most suitable option for your unique needs. Our experienced dental professionals will conduct a comprehensive examination, including X-rays and possibly CT scans, to assess the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw.
During this stage, we engage in an in-depth consultation with you, discussing your oral health history, any symptoms you may be experiencing, and your expectations for the treatment. This ensures that we have a holistic understanding of your situation, allowing us to tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs.
We believe in transparent and open communication, ensuring that you are fully informed about every aspect of the procedure, the materials used, the associated costs, and any potential risks or complications. Our goal is to empower you to make an informed decision about your treatment, with our expert guidance every step of the way.
During this evaluation stage, we take the time to discuss your oral health history, any symptoms you may be experiencing, and your expectations for the treatment. This is a vital part of the process as it ensures that we have all the necessary information to provide a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs.
We also use this opportunity to answer any questions you may have about the procedure, the materials used, the costs involved, and any potential risks or complications. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment.
Dental Bridge Treatment Process
Precision and Expertise
The dental bridge procedure is carried out with utmost precision and expertise, ensuring a seamless and successful outcome. Once the evaluation stage is complete and a dental bridge is deemed the most suitable option, we proceed with the preparation of the abutment teeth, which involves recontouring these teeth to accommodate the crowns.
Impressions and Temporary Bridge
Impressions of your teeth are taken to serve as a model for the creation of your custom-made bridge, ensuring a perfect fit and a natural look. During this time, a temporary bridge is provided to protect the prepared teeth and gums, ensuring your comfort and well-being.
Final Adjustments and Placement
Once your dental bridge is ready, you will return to our practice for the final fitting. We take the time to make any necessary adjustments, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit, before securely placing the bridge, completing the transformation of your smile.
Recovery and Aftercare
Post-procedure care is crucial to the success and longevity of your dental bridge. While some sensitivity and discomfort are normal in the initial days following the procedure, these symptoms should quickly subside.
Commitment to Oral Hygiene
Maintaining a rigorous oral hygiene routine is paramount, involving regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Our team is here to provide guidance and support, ensuring that you have all the resources you need to care for your dental bridge and maintain optimal oral health.
Ongoing Support and Care
We are committed to providing ongoing support and care, ensuring that any questions or concerns you may have during your recovery are promptly addressed. Our goal is to ensure that your experience is positive and that your dental bridge serves you well for many years to come.