A dental bridge can fill a gap from a lost tooth to restore your natural bite and smile. Dental bridges can be an effective alternative to dental implants!
A dental bridge uses one or multiple crowns to fill the space between existing teeth. A bridge can be made to fill one gap or several gaps in the teeth. A dental bridge prevents teeth from moving and shifting into the gap and creating an abnormal bite. A gap in the teeth can also lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), speech impediments, and an increased risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. The dental bridge is usually made out of porcelain and offers a semi-permanent solution to restore function and appearance of a gap.
Treatment with a dental bridge will require several appointments to complete. During the first appointment, the teeth on either side of the gap will be prepared for a crown (if they don’t already have crowns on them). This will require some local anesthesia for your comfort during treatment. An impression will be taken of the teeth for a temporary crown to be inserted while the actual crown is being created.
During a second appointment, a framework for your bridge will be tried on and a color guide will be used to ensure the bridge looks as natural as possible. Photographs and X-rays might also be taken to help with creating the best fit.
At your next appointment, your final bridge will be tried and tested for comfort and function. Another dental X-ray might be taken to ensure a good fit. The bridge is then cemented and placed over the teeth to complete the bridge application. Dr. Kim will provide you with instructions on how to care for your bridge with proper cleaning and flossing.
If you have a missing tooth and could benefit from a dental bridge, contact our office today! Dr. Kim will ensure that you are a good candidate and get started with a treatment plan.