A dental bridge is a common and effective method of tooth restoration. Located in Bedford, Texas, cosmetic dentist Mark Studer, DDS, provides dental bridges designed to restore the function and appearance of your smile. Dr. Studer and his team take an individualized approach to dental care, providing custom, natural-appearing tooth restorations. If you’re looking for a long-term solution to one or more missing teeth, book an appointment with Dr. Studer by phone or online today.
Whether from injury, defect, or disease, the loss of a tooth is a serious oral health concern. Missing teeth can lead to several complications involving the function and appearance of your smile.
Your teeth are designed to work together. When you lose a tooth, the remaining teeth tilt, shift, and realign to make up for the vacated space.
Changes to the alignment of your teeth can alter the way you speak, chew, and bite. The gap left by missing teeth puts more stress on the surrounding teeth and jaw, causing pain and discomfort. Teeth that have shifted or tilted can also become more difficult to clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
One strategy to address a missing tooth may be a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a simple and effective solution to tooth loss that replaces the missing tooth, helping you maintain the structure, function, and appearance of your smile.
A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic device commonly used to restore one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges work by literally bridging the gap left by missing teeth. Traditionally, a dental bridge is supported by the surrounding teeth on either side of the missing tooth, and fitted with a prosthetic tooth that fills in the empty space.
Dental bridges can be fixed (cemented in place and can only be removed by your dentist), removable, or supported by dental implants. Dental bridges are custom-made for each patient and offer reliable, natural-appearing tooth restoration.
Dental bridges are placed in multiple visits. During your first visit, Dr. Studer evaluates your condition and prepares your teeth for the bridge. He makes alterations to the teeth on either side of your missing tooth. A bridge typically consists of two crowns and a pontic. The two crowns go over your prepared teeth, and the pontic is the artificial replacement tooth that goes in between.
Once the surrounding teeth have been prepared, impressions are taken and sent off to a lab where your custom bridge is constructed. A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth while you wait for your permanent bridge. Once the bridge comes in, it’s placed and adjusted for a secure fit.
Upkeep for your new dental bridge is simple and straightforward. Dental bridges are preferred by patients and dentists alike because they are easy to operate, repair, and replace. It’s important to practice good oral hygiene to preserve the longevity of your dental bridge. Although your bridge contains artificial teeth, it still needs to be cleaned and maintained like your natural teeth.
Depending on the type of bridge you have, Dr. Studer instructs you on the best practices for maintaining your device. To find out if a dental bridge is right for you, book an appointment with Dr. Studer by phone or online today.