Here at Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC, we understand that accidents happen. People trip on ice, kids fall off bikes, and, sometimes, in the ruckus, a few teeth go missing. If this happens to you, you may be looking to get a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is a kind of tooth replacement that uses the surrounding teeth to hold a tooth replacement device. Dental bridges are a semi-permanent solution for missing teeth. We use the term “semi-permanent” because most patients outlive their bridge. While great for patients on a budget, dental bridges aren’t the best option when it comes to truly correcting your smile. If you’re looking for a life-long alternative to a dental bridge, head over to our dental implant page.
Typically, getting a dental bridge requires a few trips to the dentist. During the first visit, Dr. Rob takes a look at the gap and determines if a dental bridge would work. If the answer is yes, he will go ahead and prepare the surrounding teeth. This entails removing a small amount of enamel to give enough room for the support crowns to attach.
After prepping the teeth and taking a few scans, Dr. Rob will use our in-office CEREC machine to make the bridge. If the patient doesn’t have time to wait, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to cement the bridge.
Cementing the bridge is fairly easy. Dr. Rob “glues” the bridge to the prepped teeth, filling the gap. Patients walk out of the office post-procedure with a restored bite and a more aesthetic smile.
A lot of patients come into our office wanting a dental bridge but very few actually leave with one. That’s because we’re very open about the pros and cons of getting a dental bridge. We want our patients to understand that when they get a dental bridge, they’re signing up for what will likely be many complications.
These complications typically stem from poor maintenance. Dental bridges are very hard to clean and food debris and plaque often times get stuck beneath them. This causes the surrounding teeth (the ones that were prepped and crowned) to become infected. If those teeth begin to hurt, requiring a root canal or extraction, the entire bridge is a failure. That means the money that the patient put into the bridge is essentially lost.
There are some situations where a dental bridge works perfectly well. However, in most cases, Dr. Rob will recommend a dental implant instead of a bridge. Dental implants last a lifetime and have fewer complications. Come in for a free consultation to learn more about how a dental implant could dramatically transform your smile.