Missing teeth can make everyday life incredibly challenging. In fact, just one missing tooth can make eating and talking difficult and affect the position of your other teeth. At Pearl Dental Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Andre Bruni, DDS, Jessica Bruni, DDS, and the team install dental bridges to effectively and comfortably restore the function and appearance of missing teeth. Schedule an appointment at the office online or over the phone.
A bridge is a dental appliance that “bridges” the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges both replace a missing tooth and use the surrounding teeth to support the replacement. They include artificial teeth, usually made of porcelain, and a supporting structure, usually made of metal.
Bridges are an effective option to replace one or more missing teeth. If you’re missing just one tooth, your dentist simply uses your natural teeth to support the bridge. If you’re missing multiple teeth that are next to each other, they install implants and crowns, which then support the bridge.
Missing teeth can affect you in a number of ways. Just one missing tooth can:
Bridges are a long-lasting solution to these problems. With proper care, bridges last more than a decade.
Typically, dental bridges require at least two appointments to install. If you have multiple missing teeth, your dentist may first install an implant or crown to support the bridge.
If you’re using your natural teeth to support the bridge, your dentist needs to prepare the teeth by removing some of the enamel. During this part of the procedure, you receive local anesthesia through a painless injection to numb the area.
After preparing your teeth to support the bridge, a member of the team takes impressions. A dental lab uses the impressions to create your permanent bridge.
While you wait for your permanent bridge, you wear a temporary bridge to protect the area until your next appointment. At the following appointment, your dentist removes your temporary bridge and fits you with your permanent bridge.
It’s common to need a few days to adjust to your new bridge. Once you do, bridges act just like natural teeth. You can enjoy all the same foods as with a full set of natural teeth, and it’s much easier to speak clearly with a bridge than with a missing tooth.
As with natural teeth, bridges last longer with good dental hygiene and care habits. It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and get regular checkups with your dentist at Pearl Dental Group. To find out if a bridge is the right option for you, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.