A dental bridge can replace your missing tooth, giving you both a functional and attractive smile. At Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC in Bloomfield, New Jersey, you can get new dental bridges in only two appointments. Learn more about dental bridges and if they’re right for you by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.
Dental bridges are tooth replacements anchored by two dental crowns. Typically, both the replacement tooth and supporting crowns are porcelain to match your natural smile color. If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, consider dental bridges.
To qualify for a traditional dental bridge, you need to have two healthy teeth, one of each side of your missing tooth. Those teeth hold dental crowns that support your new bridge.
A dental bridge can be a good tooth replacement option if you want nonsurgical tooth restoration. With dental implants —another permanent tooth restoration option — you need surgery to implant a metal post in your jaw. That metal post retains a porcelain crown above your gums.
A dental bridge is also an excellent option if you want a low-maintenance tooth replacement. With dentures, you need to remove and take care of them on a daily basis, but with a bridge, you brush and floss as normal.
First, your dentist makes an impression of your missing tooth and the surrounding area. That impression goes to a dental lab so specialists can make your custom bridge. Before installing the bridge, your dentist buffs away a tiny amount of tooth enamel on each of your supporting teeth.
Then, they attach a temporary bridge using dental cement. You’ll normally wear the temporary bridge for around two weeks. The temporary bridge protects your prepared teeth and allows you to eat normally while waiting for the permanent replacement.
At your second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary bridge and uses bonding cement to affix your permanent bridge.
Your new bridge blends in with your other teeth perfectly. It even includes a tiny strip of gum-colored synthetic material to ensure a natural look.
Take care of your dental bridge by brushing two times a day and flossing every night. Your dentist may recommend special techniques or equipment to make flossing your bridge easier.
During your regular checkups and teeth cleanings at Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC, your dentist evaluates your dental bridge to ensure it’s in optimal condition.
Need a long-term tooth replacement without surgery? Dental bridges are a great solution. Call the Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC office or use online scheduling to set up your appointment.