If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge may be an option for you!
Bridges are placed by attaching a crown on to two healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth/teeth. The two anchoring teeth are called abutments and the false tooth/teeth in between are called pontic(s).
A bridge is a fixed option and is usually constructed out of porcelain and metal.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges provide a variety of oral health benefits, including:
- Retain the Shape of Your Face
- Replace Missing Teeth and Restore Your Smile
- Can Keep Your Teeth from Drifting Out of Position
- Restore Your Ability to Speak and Chew
The process of getting a dental bridge is similar to placing a dental crown.
Your dentist may need to do an exam or take x-rays to determine if you’re a good candidate for a bridge. The first appointment consists or preparing the adjacent (abutment) teeth to make room for the bridge. Next an impression and a bite registration are made, followed by the placement of a temporary bridge or crowns. The next visit will include trying on the fabricated bridge, checking the fit/shade and cementing it into place. After the cement is set up and cleaned, your dentist will re-check the fit and make any adjustments. You will also be given instructions on how to properly clean your bridge to prolong the life of your bridge investment.
Please call us at (801) 621-2703 if you have any questions or if you think a dental bridge might be right for you!