A dental bridge is an oral device that can restore the function and appearance of missing teeth. A traditional bridge consists of two crowns with a false tooth (or teeth) in between. The two crowns anchor to either side of the gap, keeping the false tooth firmly in place.
Other types of bridges include the cantilever bridge, which anchors to one side of a missing tooth, and the implant-supported bridge that anchors to a dental implant.
Dental bridges are custom-made for each patient and can mimic the look, shape, and feel of your natural teeth. They are a permanent restoration, meaning only a dentist can remove them.
Dental bridges are a versatile solution appropriate for multiple missing teeth as well as full-mouth rehabilitation.
Dr. Miller may suggest a dental bridge following an extraction. He performs extractions for a number of reasons, including injuries, severe tooth decay, and gum disease. Restoring your missing tooth is essential to avoid unwanted changes to the way you speak, chew, and bite.
Over time, nearby teeth can move out of place to make up for the gap left by your missing tooth. That can change the alignment of your teeth and alter your smile.
Getting a new dental bridge typically requires two visits. During your first visit for a traditional bridge, Dr. Miller files and shapes the teeth on either side of your missing tooth (abutment teeth) to make room for the crowns.
After preparing the abutment teeth, Dr. Miller takes impressions with the CEREC® Primescan™ digital scanner to develop 3D images of your teeth (not a messy impression material). Dr. Miller ensures your impressions are precise before sending them off to the lab.
In some cases, Dr. Miller may provide you with a temporary bridge until your permanent bridge is ready.
Once the lab finishes your permanent bridge, you come back for your second appointment and final placement. Dr. Miller cements your bridge into place and checks to make sure it’s the right fit.
With proper care, regular professional cleanings, and good oral health care, your new bridge can last for 10 years or more.
To speak with Dr. Miller about restoring your smile, call Miller Dental or book an appointment online today.