A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one (or multiple) permanent teeth. If you lose a tooth after a blow to the mouth, extractions, or a cavity, a dental bridge can reduce the risk of more serious issues. What’s more, it makes daily activities like biting and chewing much easier.
If you lose one or more permanent teeth, you’re more likely to experience gum recession, bone loss, and shifting teeth. These and other issues can cause:
Missing teeth can also affect your facial features. A dental bridge restores structure to your jaw, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
There are several types of dental bridges, but VaraniSmile typically recommends porcelain fixed bridges. Porcelain fixed dental bridges have two main components:
A pontic is an artificial tooth. Most dental bridges have a single pontic, but they can also be used to replace several teeth in a row.
To prevent the bridge from shifting, your VaraniSmile provider bonds dental crowns to the two teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.
At VaraniSmile, getting a dental bridge takes two visits.
To determine if you might benefit from a bridge, your VaraniSmile provider conducts an oral exam. If you’re missing one (or several) teeth and your gums are healthy, your provider takes digital impressions of your mouth. Then, they fill the gap with a temporary bridge to prevent tooth decay or your surrounding teeth from shifting.
Your provider sends your impressions to a dental facility that manufactures a custom bridge. When it’s ready, you return to VaraniSmile.
Your VaraniSmile provider administers a local anesthetic, removes the temporary bridge, and replaces it with the permanent one. Afterward, they polish your teeth and provide you with at-home care instructions.
Bridges usually last 12-15* years, but it’s possible to extend their use with preventive dentistry and good oral hygiene. VaraniSmile recommends:
In addition, try to visit VaraniSmile once every six months for professional teeth cleaning and an oral exam.
To explore the benefits of dental bridges, make an appointment at VaraniSmile by calling the office or clicking the online scheduler today.
*Individual results may vary.