Fixed bridges are an excellent way to replace missing teeth – whether you have one or two teeth that have been pulled, or if you are replacing three or four teeth with dental implants. The beauty of a bridge is that it allows you to have a fixed restoration that stays in place for years, yet mimics the appearance of a natural tooth.
Your Bridge Treatment
The first step to having a bridge made is ensuring that there are healthy teeth on either side of the missing one (unless you are getting dental implants.) Dr. Ally will then prep the support teeth and take an impression. With a model of your mouth, our lab is able to handcraft a custom bridge that fits your smile precisely.
After about two weeks, you will come back for Dr. Ally to try the bridge in, make any necessary adjustments, and permanently bond the bridge into place over your supporting teeth. When well cared for, bridges can last for several years.
Cleaning and Maintaining Fixed Bridges
Brush your bridge as if it were natural teeth – using a soft brush angled toward the gumlines. Then, clean under your bridge with floss and a threader, or with a water flosser. Take care to carefully floss around the supporting teeth, so that they do not develop problems such as decay or gum disease.
Of course, scheduling regular checkups at our office allows Dr. Ally to examine your restorations – like bridges and crowns – to make sure no other concerns are developing.
Think you may need a dental bridge? Get a free 2nd opinion today. We also offer crowns. Se habla español.