How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

If you are suffering from tooth loss, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge, which is an affordable and stable cosmetic dentistry option. Your dental team can determine whether this is an option for you.

In the case of a missing tooth, a custom false tooth will be affixed to a dental bridge to fill in the gap. The two bordering teeth will be used as the support structure for the bridge often after being stabilized with crowns for added strength. A dental bridge is most practical if the natural teeth bordering the gap and the underlying jaw bone are strong and healthy. If not, dental implants or a root canal may be needed to fortify the area.

A gap caused by missing teeth is not only unsightly, but can lead to bite imbalance. Since a foundational tooth is gone, other teeth nearby can shift. A dental bridge and accompanying structure can keep this from happening.

A dental bridge that does not require a root canal or implant does not involve surgery, can be done under local anesthesia and requires no healing down time. The dentist will take an impression of your mouth in order to get the correct measurements for the bridge design. The bridge is then crafted by skilled lab technicians and will be bonded into place. If properly cared for, a dental bridge can last for many years.

Please call Dr. Joseph Chiafair at Baymeadows Family Dentistry to see if you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge as a remedy for any missing teeth.