Bridges are ceramic restorations used as a replacement for missing natural teeth. They are one of the simplest ways to replace an extracted tooth, thanks to the procedure involved. Bridges are held in place with the help of dental crowns on either side, thereby eliminating the need for surgery.
What are the Advantages of Dental Bridges?
- Bridges can be customized as required to match the appearance of the natural teeth, which helps to keep them indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth.
- They can be placed with the help of crowns and dental adhesives, making the procedure simple and convenient.
- Unlike dental implants, there is no need for surgery to place bridges.
- Bridges restore both oral functionality and aesthetics in one go.
- Bridges allow you to bite and chew food as you always did with all the teeth intact.
- They are exceptionally durable and strong.
What Is the Procedure in Placing a Bridge?
At Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry, the procedure for getting a bridge is quite simple. While dental implants require you to have a healthy jawbone and sufficient bone volume to place the implant stud, bridges do not require these major criteria because they are not placed in the jawbone. Instead, the solid prosthetic tooth or teeth are held in place with crowns on either side.
During the preparation phase, the dentist will remove the outer layer of the teeth adjacent to the gap to make space for the crowns. This is done by gently grinding or buffing the tooth. Once the teeth are prepared, we will take digital scans and x-rays of them to create a digital impression, which will be used as a reference for fabricating the bridge. The fabrication process may take a few days, which is why we will place a temporary bridge in place to protect the prepared teeth.
When the bridge is ready to be bonded, we will remove the temporary one and clean the teeth thoroughly. They will be roughened to allow the bridge to adhere well to their surface, which is done using an etching liquid. We will bond the bridge in place using dental adhesives. Once the excessive adhesive is removed, it will be hardened using a curing light. A bite test will be taken to make sure it fits well and isn’t causing any discomfort. To finish off the procedure, we will polish the bridge to give it a good luster.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry at Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.