Dental bridges are an affordable and comfortable alternative to dentures. If you are missing a few teeth, a dental bridge can be used to fill in the gap left behind. Dental bridges can bond to healthy teeth and use a pontic, or replacement tooth, to fill the space and create a full and beautiful smile.
Complete or partial dentures require a period of adjustment and specialized cleaning. Fortunately dental bridges are comfortable and require little maintenance when you practice good dental hygiene habits.
How the Process Works
First, Robert Rosenfeld DDS will take a look at your teeth and ensure you are a good candidate for dental bridges. During your initial appointment, your natural “anchor” teeth are shaped for the dental bridge. Crowns will eventually be fitted and bonded to these teeth to support the pontic.
Impressions are made of the reshaped teeth so that the crowns will fit beautifully. Dr. Rosenfeld will then fit a temporary bridge and crowns while your permanent bridge and pontics are being created.
During your second visit, we check to ensure your new dental bridge fits well and looks great. We use a dental cement to bond your bridge and pontic to the abutment, or anchor, teeth. After the treatment is finished, we may want to see you for a follow-up visit to ensure your bridge is working well and feeling good.
After the Procedure
Dental bridges are ideal for patients who don’t want the maintenance that comes with partial dentures. Many patients also appreciate that dental bridges are an affordable alternative to more costly dental implants. Dental bridges:
- Make eating the foods you love easier.
- Match and blend in with your existing teeth for a natural-looking smile.
- Can be easily maintained with good dental hygiene.
In order for your dental bridge to last as long as possible, we recommend that you brush, floss, and rinse twice a day. Additionally, we might suggest using a waterpik, which can help remove food and plaque from hard-to-reach places around your bridge. With good hygiene practices, bridges can last 10–15 years.
For More Information About Dental Bridges, Call Our Office Today!
If you have questions about dental bridges, feel free to contact Dr. Rosenfeld’s clinic at 858-755-1189 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting with you to show you how we can help you improve the aesthetic of your smile.