Dental bridges are ceramic restorations, bonded in place of the missing natural teeth. They are custom-fabricated according to the contour, size, and appearance of the missing tooth, which is how they perfectly restore the aesthetics of your smile. Their simple nature makes them easy to be bonded in place and reduces the healing period required after the procedure.
Why should you choose bridges?
- Bridges are made from dental-grade ceramic material. It is biocompatible, which means that the tissues of the mouth will not develop any allergic reactions.
- The procedure associated with placing a bridge can be completed in as little as two visits to the dentist's practice. During the initial consultation, the dentist will take scans, and x-rays of the teeth, and during the following one, the bridge will be bonded to the teeth.
- The material used to make a dental bridge is highly durable. With regular usage such as biting and chewing food, it hardly goes through any wear.
- The prosthetic tooth replacing your natural one is a solid block of ceramic. It will be polished to perfection so that it looks and feels exactly like a natural tooth.
- With optimum care, bridges can last over several years with very little or no hassle at all.
- Dental-grade ceramic is highly resistant to staining.
- Since bridges are held in place using crowns on either side, they will not get displaced.
What is the procedure?
The dentist will take scans and x-rays of the mouth to get a better view of the teeth' alignment. Also, the underlying jawbone will be examined to check if it is undergoing deterioration. Based on your candidacy for the restoration, the dentist will prepare you for the procedure. A bridge is coupled with crowns on either side to hold it firmly in place. Hence, the dentist will prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap by grinding them to remove a thin layer of enamel. The scans will help create a digital impression of the teeth fabricated in a dental lab.
During the next appointment, the dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth and place the bridge on them. It will be checked for a perfect fit, and if any changes are required, the dentist will make the modifications. The teeth's surface will be roughened using an etching solution so that the bridge adheres firmly to them. Photosensitive dental adhesives are used to bond it, which will be hardened using a curing light. The dentist gives you a bite test and polishes the bridge to enhance its appearance.
To know more about bridges, please schedule an online appointment with our dentists or call us at (650) 780-9439, and we will be happy to help. We also serve areas of Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, and Foster City.