When a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth have a tendency to shift into the empty space. Fortunately, there’s a way to hold them in place and fill the gap at the same time: a dental bridge. Like all of the restorations at Amaze Dental, our dental bridges are personalized for each patient to perfectly match their smiles and restore their oral health. If you have a missing tooth or think you might need to have an extraction performed in the future, now’s the time to learn more about dental bridges by calling our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Najjar.
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth so that you can chew and talk normally, improve the alignment of your remaining teeth, and maintain the shape of your face. The bridge is made up of two dental crowns and at least one prosthetic tooth, all made out of lifelike ceramic that is custom-shaded and shaped to match the rest of your smile. The teeth next to the gap will be prepared so that the crowns can be attached to them, allowing the prosthetic tooth or teeth between them to fill in the empty space.
Sometimes a dental bridge can be anchored to implants instead of natural teeth. This is normally done if you’ve lost three or more teeth that were all right next to each other. Implant-retained bridges let you preserve the natural enamel of your remaining teeth, and the implant posts will help stop the jawbone from breaking down and changing the shape of your mouth.
For a traditional dental bridge, you’ll normally need at least two appointments. During the first, the relevant teeth will be altered to create room for the future restoration. An impression will be taken of your mouth in its current state, and the data will be sent to a separate lab. It may take a couple of weeks for them to precisely design a restoration that will perfectly fit in your mouth and fill in the empty space. We’ll contact you when the restoration is ready for placement.