Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement treatment for patients with missing teeth. Tooth loss can cause tooth and facial misalignment and wreak havoc on your oral health. A dental bridge restores the support and structure your teeth needed for chewing and speaking.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge closes the gaps in your smile. This works by using the teeth on either side of a missing tooth, called the abutment teeth, to support a replacement crown. The bridge is permanently attached to the abutment teeth for support.

Do you need a dental bridge?

It is critical to pursue a tooth replacement treatment if you have one or more missing teeth. Every tooth plays a part in supporting your greater facial structure and appearance. Over time, the gap from a missing tooth causes healthy teeth to shift out of alignment.

A bridge supports the structural integrity of your teeth and oral function by filling the gap where you lost a tooth.

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How is a dental bridge attached?

The process for attaching a dental bridge takes two appointments. In the first, Dr. Seim or Dr. Wallace will prepare the abutment teeth by removing some dentin and enamel. They will take impressions of your teeth to use in creating a bridge that fits perfectly on your abutment teeth.

Once the fabrication of your bridge is finished, you will come back for a second appointment to place the final bridge. Drs. Seim or Wallace will bond porcelain dental crowns to your abutment teeth using dental cement. The crowns provide strength and support for the attachment of the final prosthetic bridge.

Does it hurt to get a dental bridge?

Patients do not feel any pain during the dental bridge preparation or attachment treatment. Drs. Seim or Wallace will administer local anesthesia to ensure the treatment site is completely numb during the procedure. If you have a different sedation preference, talk to your doctor during your initial consultation.

In the days following your temporary and final bridge placement procedures, you may feel some soreness or tenderness in your gums around the treatment area. You can easily manage any discomfort with an ice pack and over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen. Call our office at Arlington Office Phone Number 817-483-1133 in the unlikely event that you experience substantial pain, swelling, or bleeding around your dental bridge following your procedure.

Who are the best candidates for dental bridges?

The best candidates for a dental bridge are patients with enough jawbone mass, strong teeth, and good oral health. A dental bridge relies on support and strength from the surrounding teeth, gums, and jawbone. Drs. Seim or Wallace will help you determine the best course of treatment for your missing teeth during your initial consultation.

How long do dental bridges last?

The lifespan of a dental bridge depends on each patient’s oral care routine, diet, and where the bridge is located in the mouth. On average, you can count on a dental bridge to last for around 5 to 7 years. If you practice good oral care on a daily basis and go to the dentist every six months, your bridge can last up to 10 years or longer.

How do I clean and care for my dental bridge?

A dental bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for structural support, so keeping your mouth healthy is vital to preserving the bridge. Practice good oral health by brushing twice and flossing once daily.