What is a Dental Bridge?

What is a Dental Bridge?

If you have a missing tooth or are preparing for an extraction, a dental bridge might be a good solution for you. In this blog post, we’ll share everything you need to know about dental bridges so you feel informed and confident as you move forward. 

What is a Dental Bridge?

Just like a filling or a crown, a dental bridge is a kind of dental restoration. Dentists use bridges to provide a replacement for a missing tooth that’s both functional and attractive. Bridges connect to the teeth on either side of the gap and are not removable. 

When is a Dental Bridge Recommended?

Your dentist might recommend a bridge if you’re missing a tooth and the teeth on either side of the gap are healthy. Replacing a missing tooth can help prevent the surrounding and opposite teeth from shifting. It can also help prevent TMJ and other problems that result from misalignment of the jaw. It can improve your confidence if you feel self-conscious about your missing tooth or teeth and make it easier to speak and eat. 

If the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are loose or missing as well, other replacement methods may be recommended. 

How are Bridges Placed?

First, your dentist will prepare the teeth that will anchor the bridge. This involves grinding the crown of each tooth down so the bridge can be fit over and cemented to each tooth. During the same appointment, an impression of your teeth is made. This impression is used to create the bridge that will be placed during your next appointment. Finally, during your first appointment, your dentist will place a temporary bridge. 

During your second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be fitted and placed. 

How Do I Care for My Bridge?

Your bridge is cemented to the anchoring teeth and cannot be removed, making it a natural-looking, functional solution. You’ll continue to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss around your bridge daily to help prevent any decay near the root of your anchoring teeth. You can eat and drink with a bridge, but you should take special care not to bite directly down on foods that are especially hard or sticky to avoid damaging your bridge. 

Scheduling routine dental cleanings and exams can help ensure you identify any issues that arise early. 

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more or get started, find your local Ideal Dental office to request an appointment. We can’t wait to help you restore your smile!