A dental bridge is a tooth replacement that replaces one or more missing teeth in a row. It uses crowns to support the artificial teeth that cover the gap left by the missing teeth. The supporting crowns are cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the gap, and the restoration is bonded to them for stability.
Dental bridges have been used to replace missing teeth for many years and are a convenient solution for tooth loss.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
This procedure requires at least two appointments with the dentist to complete, but the results are worth it! Bridges are not removable like dentures and are a great option for restoring your smile’s appearance and function after tooth loss. They blend in perfectly with your surrounding teeth and require no special care beyond good oral hygiene practices.
A dental bridge procedure is performed in two phases. During the first phase, the abutment teeth are prepared. This involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for the crowns to be placed. Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model for manufacturing the bridge.
Once the bridge is ready, it is time for the second phase. The dentist will place the bridge, make any necessary adjustments to ensure a perfect fit, and then cement the bridge in place.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is considered a convenient long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. The main benefit of a bridge is that it prevents your remaining natural teeth from drifting out of position. Tooth loss can cause the other teeth in your mouth to shift out of place and cause bite-related problems. This is a serious issue that can result in additional tooth loss and discomfort.
Additionally, a dental bridge restores your ability to chew and speak properly, as well as boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Bridge restorations can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold alloys, or a combination of metal covered with ceramic. Our dentist can help you determine which option is best for you based on your functional and aesthetic goals.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Russell, call Russell Family Dentistry at (281) 351-5458 or visit us at 29210 Quinn Road, Tomball, TX 77375.