What Is A Dental Bridge?

We recently discussed dental implants, but we also have other options available to replace missing teeth. In fact, we have one option designed to address minor tooth loss. What is a dental bridge and what does placing one involve? Should you try this prosthetic to address your missing teeth?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges

Question: When do you prescribe them?

Answer: We usually suggest one to address between one and three missing teeth in a row. They are designed for correcting more minor cases of tooth loss.

Question: Do they look natural?

Answer: Yes! We begin treatment by preparing the teeth on either side of the gap and then taking a detailed impression. Using the impression, the bridge is designed and fabricated. We create them using ceramic or zironcia for the tooth/teeth and crowns. The crowns are placed onto the prepared teeth, anchoring the replacement tooth or teeth firmly in place. We can color-match the material we use for the crowns and teeth to ensure a more natural appearance.

Question: How do you maintain them?

Answer: You will need to brush and floss them, just as you do the rest of your smile. You will also need to clean the space between the top of your gums and the bottom of the dental bridge, where food particles can accumulate. By taking care of your prosthetic, you ensure it continues to provide lifelike tooth replacement while also ensuring optimal oral health.

Question: Can you support one with dental implants?

Answer: We can! In some cases, we may place multiple dental implants to support a bridge. An implant-supported bride can actually last longer. A traditional prosthetic needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. However, one supported with dental implants can last for decades, if not a lifetime. If you have any questions about our dental bridges, then please contact our office today.

Do You Have a Gap in Your Smile?

We can offer solutions to your tooth loss to restore your smile to optimal appearance and function. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.