A Dental Bridge Can Fill in for a Missing Tooth
Dental bridges offer patients a convenient, affordable treatment option to replace a small number of missing teeth.
A dental bridge consists of a pontic – which is a prosthetic tooth – that is secured in place by crowns on adjacent teeth. The bridge may include a single pontic or multiple prosthetics, depending on the patient’s specific needs.
This treatment process unfolds over a series of appointments. At the first session, your dentist will prepare the adjoining teeth, also known as the abutment teeth, for crown placement. This requires removing a thin layer of enamel from those teeth to create enough space for the crowns to slide over them.
After the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take impressions that will be used in determining the design of the bridge. You may be fitted for a temporary bridge while awaiting the permanent device.
Not only can a dental bridge improve your smile’s appearance, which is certainly an important consideration, it can also help to restore some of the functionality of your missing tooth.
When the permanent bridge is ready, the patient returns to the dental office to be fitted with the appliance. Additional adjustments can be made if necessary, and when the patient is satisfied with the device, it will be bonded atop the teeth.
Patients may be wary of prosthetic devices that are remarkably artificial in their appearance, but modern dental materials allow the dental lab to manipulate some characteristics of the appliance to closely match your biological teeth. It can be quite difficult for an average observer to detect where your bridge ends and your natural smile begins.
Not only can a dental bridge improve your smile’s appearance, which is certainly an important consideration, it can also help to restore some of the functionality of your missing tooth. For example, a dental bridge may help the patient continue to speak normally.
Dental bridges can help to restore a beautiful smile after tooth loss due to decay or injury. Schedule a consultation with our team at Erickson Dental to learn more about this intervention and to get guidance on whether it might be beneficial for you.