Dental bridges can be a cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement solution for patients who have experienced tooth loss. These appliances typically secure a pontic (prosthetic tooth) using crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the empty space, although dental bridges may have alternative designs in certain circumstances.
The treatment process for getting a dental bridge begins at your initial consultation. The dentist will gather the information needed to design your bridge. This may require photographs, dental impressions or x-rays, depending on your specific case. Additionally, your abutment teeth – on either side of the empty space – may be prepped for crown placement at that time. If some time will pass before your permanent dental bridge is ready, you can get a temporary dental bridge to wear in the interim.
Your dental bridge should last for many years, so it’s important that you be satisfied with the final product. Be sure to have input into the design of the bridge. Don’t be afraid to tell your dentist what you want in terms of shade or shape of the prosthetic tooth or teeth.
After the bridge has been manufactured, it will be placed on your teeth using a strong dental bonding agent. After the dental bridge has been placed, it can no longer be altered, so request any desired adjustments before the bridge’s final placement.
The timing of dental bridge placement may be another consideration of treatment planning if you are anticipating other restorative or cosmetic interventions to upgrade your smile. For example, a dental bridge will not respond to teeth whitening treatment, so if you want to brighten your smile, you should have that done prior to bridge placement so that your teeth and your dental bridge match in color.
Have you lost a tooth or teeth due to decay or injury? Are you trying to decide which tooth replacement treatment will best meet your needs? Consider a dental bridge. Call our office to ask any questions you may have about this intervention and to schedule your initial evaluation.