All Virginia Family Dentistry General Dentists can create bridges as a treatment option for missing teeth.
If you would like to schedule a consultation for a bridge, please contact the location most convenient to you.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that fills the space of a missing tooth. Remaining teeth will move or rotate into the empty space, causing bite problems or TMJ disorders. The dentist may recommend a bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. Bridges can only be removed by a dentist.
How does a bridge work?
Bridges replace one or more missing teeth and span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the teeth surrounding the empty space. The surrounding teeth are covered by crowns, and the replacement tooth (pontic) is attached in between the two crowns, ‘bridging’ the empty space.
What material is a bridge made of?
Bridges are made to match the color of your teeth and are created out of ceramic or porcelain.
How is a bridge made?
Bridges are usually made in two appointments.
During the first appointment, the two surrounding teeth will be prepped for crowns. The dentist will then take an impression to create a mold for the bridge. The dentist will also determine the correct shade for the bridge to match your natural teeth. The dentist will then create a temporary crown or bridge while the permanent bridge is being created in the lab.
After a week or two, a second appointment will be needed to deliver the permanent bridge. Once the patient and the dentist are satisfied with the fit, shape, and color, the permanent bridge will be cemented over the prepared teeth.
How long do bridges last?
Bridges can last a lifetime, however they do sometimes fall out. If your crown does become loose or fall out, please give us a call and we will get you in as soon as possible.
To prevent damage it is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flowing twice daily. Avoid chewing hard foods such as ice or other hard objects. It is important to see your dentist and hygienist for regular exams and cleanings.
If you would like to schedule a consultation for a bridge or to explore your treatment options, please contact the Virginia Family Dentistry location most convenient to you.