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What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a type of dental restoration that is used to replace an area of missing tooth. Bridge work is made to mimic the look and feel of your real teeth. Not only are bridges cosmetically necessary in improving your smile, but they help with overall functionality as well. Most fixed bridges can last for years without the need for repair or replacement.
Why are Dental Bridges needed?
The most common reason for needing a bridge is because you have an area in the mouth that’s missing a tooth. When you’re missing a tooth completely, it’s not uncommon for other teeth to shift around. You may even find that it’s more difficult to chew and eat normally because of the large gap between teeth. Bridges are useful in filling in these areas so that you can feel better about your smile.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
With the help of an examination by Dr. Seto, we can determine if you may need a bridge. If you’re missing a tooth, it’s best to place a bridge as soon as possible to prevent the other teeth from shifting out of place. Bridges are best suited for adult patients who have healthy surrounding teeth to support the restoration. If you need additional support for the bridge, we may suggest a dental implant.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
We will start the procedure off with local anesthetic that’s used to numb the area. We then work to file down the two surrounding teeth. These teeth will be used to hold the bridge to keep it firmly in place. Impressions, or molds, are taken and used to make the actual fixed bridge. We carefully match the new bridge with your natural teeth so that it looks realistic. You will come in for a second appointment so that we can place the permanent bridge. The procedure is quick and easy, and it’s all done in our warm, inviting and personable office.
If you are interested in having a bridge placed in our office with conveniently low wait times, call us today and we can help to answer your questions.