Nearly 70 percent of the population over the age of 44 are missing at least one tooth due to decay, gum disease, or trauma. A high percentage of these people have a dental bridge. Dental bridges are a very common solution for tooth loss. If you are missing a single tooth, or maybe a few teeth in a row, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. Do you have questions about dental bridges? If so, have them answered here!
Questions And Answers:
Question: How Do Bridges Work?
Answer: A dental bridge consists of a replacement tooth, called a pontic, and a crown on either side. The crowns are bonded to the healthy adjacent teeth beside the space left by the missing tooth/teeth. These adjacent teeth are reduced to accommodate the crowns, then the crowns are slipped over and bonded to the teeth for a firm and stable bridge.
Question: Will People Know I Have A Bridge?
Answer: No. The porcelain crowns and pontic will be the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, therefore, your dental bridge will blend seamlessly with your surrounding dentition.
Question: Does It Take A Long Time, And Does It Hurt To Place A Dental Bridge?
Answer: There should be little to no discomfort when receiving a dental bridge, but it does take two visits to place. The first visit will consist of preparing the adjacent teeth, taking an impression, and gathering other necessary information. This information is sent to a dental lab where your dental bridge will be custom fabricated for optimal comfort and fit. When your bridge is completed, a second visit is required to place your bridge.