A dental bridge is a restoration option used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is a fixed restoration, meaning that it will remain inside the mouth and is not removable. Traditional dental bridges are composed of fake teeth surrounded by a dental crown on either side. These dental crowns are placed over existing teeth in order to support the rest of the bridge. Although traditional dental bridges are the most commonly used type of bridge, there are other types of bridges such as the Maryland Bonded bridge, cantilever bridge, and implant-supported bridge.
Did You Know?
Just like dental crowns are made from porcelain, dental bridges also use porcelain for its ability to blend in with natural teeth, as well as its durability and stain resistance.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for a dental bridge?
You may be a candidate for a dental bridge if you have or more adjacent missing teeth surrounded by intact teeth on either side. To determine if a dental bridge is right for you, schedule a consultation with Sedation Dental Care at Raleigh Smile Center today.
What can I expect when having a dental bridge placed?
Dental bridges are usually placed over the course of two dental appointments. The first appointment is necessary to prepare the teeth and obtain a dental impression. To prepare the teeth for a bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth will need to be slightly reduced in size to accommodate the placement of a dental crown. Once these teeth have been prepared, a dental impression is taken and temporary crowns are placed.
A dental lab will then use the information from the impression to fabricate the dental bridge. This can take about 1-2 weeks, which is why temporary crowns are placed. During the second appointment, the bridge will be checked for fit and then cemented in place. Dental bridges can last several years, however they may need to be replaced at some point due to normal wear and tear.
Can dental sedation be used?
Yes! Dental sedation, also known as anxiety-free dentistry, is ideal for individuals who have dental anxiety, a sensitive gag reflex, or for those who simply want to relax during their dental procedure. Your dental sedation options include:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral & IV Sedation
- General Anesthesia