What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a restoration that will help to replace a missing tooth in the mouth. Rather than wear a partial denture, a bridge can be made to be placed over the surrounding teeth. The middle portion of the bridge contains the false tooth, known as the pontic. Bridges can typically last for years or even several decades before you may need to replace it.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
The reason you may need or want a bridge is because you are missing one or more of your teeth. Bridges are custom-made for each patient, so they look natural and feel comfortable. Bridges are long-term solutions to many dental problems, and they’re great for patients who aren’t able to sit for dental implant surgery. Bridges offer both cosmetic as well as restorative benefits.
Who is a candidate for Dental Bridges?
Dr. Molina will examine your teeth to determine if you might need a new dental bridge. The procedure is done easily in our office in two consecutive appointments. If you have an older bridge that needs replacing, this can be done in our office as well. If you aren’t a good candidate for an implant, a bridge is the next best option for replacing a tooth.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The procedure will begin with anesthetic to numb the area. Dr. Molina will file down the two surrounding teeth so that the bridge is able to sit comfortably and easily without it feeling or looking bulky. Impressions are taken and used to make the actual bridge. You will then come in for a second appointment to have the new bridge placed. The bridge is filed and adjusted to improve its fit before you leave the office. Your new bridge shouldn’t require any special care or treatment in order to keep it looking its best.
If you would like to come into our office for a new dental bridge, we welcome you to call us to be scheduled to come into our spa-like and comforting practice.