So you need a Fixed Dental Bridge?
Fixed dental bridges are ideal for patients who are missing one or more of their teeth. If you aren’t eligible for dental implants or don’t want to go through surgery, a dental bridge is a wonderfully secure alternative that can enhance your smile. Bridges are made to look like your real teeth and they can be placed in all areas of the mouth. You can expect your new dental bridge to last for one or two decades with proper maintenance and care.
Why would you be told you need a Dental Bridge?
You will often be told you need a dental bridge if you’re missing a tooth. There are several ways to totally replace a missing tooth and these include a fixed dental bridge, implant or partial denture. Bridges are solid, can withstand a lot of force and are durably long-lasting. Unlike an implant, they require no surgery and unlike a partial, they are not removable.
What makes you a candidate for a Fixed Dental Bridge?
To be a candidate for a fixed dental bridge, you’ll need to come in for a consultation and exam with Dr. Chien. X-rays may be needed to look for signs of bone loss in the area as well as the health of the surrounding teeth. Most people who aren’t eligible for dental implant surgery will choose fixed bridge work instead. Because the restoration is durable and long-lasting, you can benefit from having the bridge securely placed for years.
What can you expect when having a Dental Bridge placed?
You’ll first come in and receive local anesthetic to numb the area that’ll be worked on. Dr. Chien will then file down the surrounding teeth to create abutments, or seats, for the actual bridge. Impressions are made and sent to a dental-specific laboratory where technicians work to create your new restoration. You’ll come back into the office to have the bridge placed. It may need to be filed down to make it more comfortable.
If you think you may need a dental bridge or want to know more about this procedure, call our office and we can help in scheduling an appointment for you.