Bridges

A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can help restore your smile by improving chewing and aesthetic appearance. A bridge is made by crowning the teeth on either side of the space, and placing a false tooth (pontic) between the crowns. Dr. Roberts will prepare the adjacent teeth, take an impression of the area, and then send it to a laboratory to prepare a customized bridge.

An assistant will fabricate a temporary bridge that you will wear until you receive your permanent bridge. About three weeks later, you will return to our office and we will deliver your permanent bridge.

Alternatives:
Dental implants are permanent, stable alternatives to bridges that do not rely upon surrounding teeth for support. Also, a partial denture is a removable appliance that can replace one or more missing teeth. These are typically less costly than the bridge or implant.

After Care:
If you notice any discomfort or sensitivity after your new bridge is placed, please give our office a call. This usually indicates that the crown needs to be adjusted. This appointment is quick and easy, and doesn't require anesthetic.

Try to avoid anything chewy or sticky, or biting on hard candies as this could cause the bridge to come off or break. If the bridge does come off, please give our office a call immediately so we can take a look and see if it can be recemented. If you are unable to come into the office for a few days, you can clean out the bridge with a cotton swab, and place it back on temporarily using a denture adhesive.

 

 

 


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