What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges restore your mouth to its original fullness and capacity by restoring the look and function of missing teeth. Bridges are made up of one or more false teeth (pontics) held together by crowns on either side.
Bridges give you back a healthy, natural-looking smile and ensure that the pressure of biting and chewing is distributed evenly across your mouth. They also help to keep remaining natural teeth in place by filling in gaps that could otherwise cause shifting or drifting over time.
If you're looking for a reliable and experienced dental practice in Morganton, NC, Refine Dental is here to help. We will answer any questions about bridges and dental health, so call us today at (828) 433-1223 for an appointment.
What To Expect: Dental Bridge Process
During this visit, Dr. Shaharyar Fiza will assess the condition of your teeth to determine the best way to proceed with the procedure.
Abutment teeth preparation
If a dental bridge is deemed suitable, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing a portion of their enamel to create space for the dental crowns to hold the bridge in place. Dr. Fiza will administer local anesthesia to ensure comfort during this process.
Impressions and temporary bridge
Dr. Fiza will take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be sent to the dental laboratory, where the custom dental bridge will be fabricated. In the meantime, we will provide a temporary bridge to protect the teeth and maintain functionality.
Bridge placement and adjustments
Once the custom dental bridge is ready, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the new bridge onto the abutment teeth. He will check the fit, bite, and aesthetics, making any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and natural-looking result.
When you and your dentist are satisfied with the fit and appearance of the dental bridge, he will permanently cement it onto the abutment teeth.
Post-treatment care and follow-up
Dr. Fiza will then provide instructions on caring for your new restoration, including proper oral hygiene practices and dietary recommendations. It is essential to attend regular dental check-ups to monitor the health of your dental bridge and surrounding teeth.