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What Is a Dental Bridge?

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A dental bridge is a standard process to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges use nearby teeth as an anchor and use crowns to “bridge” the gap between teeth. Dental bridges can be permanent or removable, depending on your needs.

Why Do You Need a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges can do more than restore teeth to your smile. A missing tooth can cause additional damage to your oral health, and tooth restoration can help prevent further problems. A dental bridge can help with your bite, prevent bone shrinkage, and stop your natural teeth from shifting into the wrong places.

What Are the Advantages of a Dental Bridge?

There are many reasons why a dental bridge is something you should consider. Here are a few of those reasons:

  • Restore the appearance of your smile
  • Can help you chew better
  • Corrects your bite
  • Maintains your facial shape
  • Stops your natural teeth from shifting
  • Easy to clean
  • Protects weak teeth

Dental bridges can help your oral health in a variety of ways. While dental bridges can immediately help with cosmetics, it also affects your long-term health, like the quality of your jawbone.

How Are Dental Bridges Made?

An impression or scan is made of your teeth during your first visit. This is sent to a lab to create crowns that will become your dental bridge. Your dentist will also prepare the “anchor” teeth that hold the dental bridge in place. The process may involve adding dental implants if you have several missing teeth.

When your custom dental bridge is ready, it will be inserted into your mouth and adjusted to ensure that it’s comfortable.

Do You Want to Discuss if a Dental Bridge Is the Right Choice for You?

Dental bridges are one of many dental restorative options. Our dental team can give you an examination and discuss your needs with you. Please schedule an appointment with us.

We look forward to restoring your smile!

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