Dental bridges are custom-made prosthetic devices designed to bridge the gap created by missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth, known as pontics, anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges can be an excellent option to restore the appearance and functionality of your smile, preventing complications associated with tooth loss.
Dental bridges are suitable for individuals with one or more missing teeth and have healthy adjacent teeth or dental implants for support. Our experienced dentists will assess your oral health and discuss whether bridges are the right solution for you.
With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last for many years. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and avoiding habits like teeth grinding contribute to the longevity of your dental bridges.
Yes, there are several types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges. The type recommended will depend on factors such as the location of the missing teeth, the condition of adjacent teeth, and individual preferences.
The dental bridge procedure usually involves two or more visits. During the first visit, the teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary bridge is placed. The second visit involves the placement of the permanent bridge, which is usually a few weeks later after it's custom-made in a dental laboratory.
In most cases, patients adjust to speaking with dental bridges quickly. However, it may take a short period to adapt to the new sensation. Any initial changes in speech are usually temporary and resolve as you become accustomed to the presence of the bridge.
Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and attending dental check-ups, is crucial for the longevity of your dental bridges. Our team will provide specific care instructions, and we recommend avoiding habits that could potentially damage the bridges.