Losing a tooth can cause an unsightly gap and more serious problems, but proper dental care can return your smile to its previous condition with the installation of a dental bridge. The dentists at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates have ample experience in fitting patients with dental bridges to permanently replace lost teeth and restore confidence in their appearance. If you're ready to replace missing teeth, be sure to ask your dentist if a dental bridge is right for you.
The Benefits of a Dental Bridge
While there are a few different options to replace missing teeth, dental bridges are one of the most common. Not only can they improve your smile, but they also provide several medical benefits. When made and fitted correctly, dental bridges:
- Make it easier to brush your teeth
- Stop nearby teeth from moving into the empty socket left behind
- Retain face shape
- Help with biting and chewing
- Make it easier to talk
- Offer a lasting solution that won't move or fall out
What to Expect
The first step in any dental procedure begins with a consultation with your dentist. They’ll examine your gums and the surrounding teeth to make sure they're healthy enough to support a dental bridge. If neighboring teeth aren't strong enough to secure the bridge in place, this may not be the best option for you.
Once you decide to move forward, the dentist will take X-rays, impressions and photographs of the area. A lab technician will then use that information to make a dental bridge that fits your mouth and looks natural. There are different materials and types of dental bridges available, and you and your dentist will talk about those options together.
The procedure itself usually requires two separate appointments. On the first appointment, they’ll prepare the nearby teeth. On the second, the bridge will be fitted and cemented into place. When it’s done, it’ll be as if you never had a missing tooth or teeth in the first place.
Want to Know More About Dental Bridges?
If you'd like to learn more about dental bridges, make an appointment at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates. Our dentists in Newark and New Brunswick, NJ specialize in prosthodontics, including dental bridges, to help restore your smile.