A dental bridge fills a space in your smile caused by a missing tooth. There are several types of bridges, but most feature an artificial tooth and two dental crowns. Your provider at Forrest Dental bonds the crowns to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, restoring your smile to its near-original condition.
Dental bridges can:
By getting a dental bridge, you can also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. When your teeth are properly positioned, they’re easier to clean and care for.
At Forrest Dental, getting a dental bridge takes two visits.
At the first visit, your provider conducts an oral exam, takes oral X-rays, and asks about your goals. If you’re missing one (or several teeth) and there are no signs of tooth decay or gum disease, your provider administers a local anesthetic and takes impressions of your teeth and gums.
When your impressions are finished, your provider sends them to a dental laboratory. The lab uses your impressions as a guide and manufactures a bridge.
Approximately a week later, when the lab completes your bridge, you return to Forrest Dental. Your provider bonds the bridge in place with dental crowns or a metal framework, polishes it, and provides care instructions.
Once you get your dental bridge, you might notice that your bite feels a little “off.” This is perfectly normal and should subside within a week. While you’re adjusting, the Forrest Dental team recommends cutting your food into small, bite-sized pieces.
Dental bridges often last a decade*, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan by practicing good oral hygiene. Forrest Dental recommends:
To see if you’re a candidate for a dental bridge, make an appointment at Forrest Dental by clicking the online scheduler or calling the office today.