When you have a gap in your smile due to a missing tooth, the procedure of a dental bridge may be brought up. What is it and how does a dental bridge work? It may sound a bit intimidating but it is a dental solution that could end up saving your smile!
The Dental Bridge Procedure
When undergoing the dental bridge procedure, patients should be aware of all that is involved in the process. How does a dental bridge work? Here is what to expect:
Preparing the Abutment Teeth: This is when the teeth on either side of the gap are shaped to fit a crown over both teeth.
Mold for Bridge: Next, a mold will be done on the area so a proper bridge can be made. The bridge will contain the crowns for the abutment teeth and the fake teeth to cover the gap. While the actual bridge is being made, a temporary bridge will cover the exposed gums and abutment teeth.
Setting in Permanent Bridge: In the final appointments, a permanent bridge will replace the temporary bridge. It is centered and adjustments are made according to your bite, comfort and the framework of the bridge. After the fit is satisfactory, the bridge is cemented into place.
Dental bridges can help fill gaps in your teeth to restore your smile and also prevent other teeth from drifting. Speech and chewing abilities will not be altered during the process. The abutment teeth with the crowns work as anchors to keep the bridge in place. The false teeth in the middle of the bridge securely cover the gums of the gap, giving you the flawless smile.
Achieve Your Best Smile at Duffield Dentistry
Don’t be left wondering, “How does a dental bridge work?” Royal Oak dentist, Dr. Larry Duffield, has the knowledge and experience to help you achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Call (248) 721-4502 today to learn more about the dental services offered at Duffield Dentistry.