What You Need to Know About Dental Bridges

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Are you are missing one or more teeth and considering a replacement? Dr. David Smith might recommend a dental bridge. Here’s a brief introduction to dental bridges:

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is a dental appliance with a fake tooth called a pontic and two crowns on either side of the gap which are placed over your real teeth. Dr. David Smith will usually only recommend a bridge if the teeth on either side of the gap are weak and need extra support.

There are two types of bridges–fixed and removable:
-Fixed bridges are cemented to your teeth.
-Removable bridges are adhered to your teeth with a clasp and can be taken out when sleeping or to clean.
Fixed bridges tend to be more popular, but Smith & Stahr, P.S.C. offers both to accommodate your individual needs.

What is the process of getting a dental bridge?

It may vary based on your personal situation, but here is the general process:

First, in order to prepare your teeth for the two crowns, Dr. David Smith will eliminate most of their enamel structure. Then he will create a mold of the mouth, especially the area where restoration is needed. Dr. David Smith may give you a temporary bridge to fit over the gap while a permanent dental bridge is created from the mold in a dental laboratory.

At your next appointment, we’ll place the bridge and check for proper fit. We may schedule a follow-up visit to check the status of the bridge if needed.

Do you have more questions? Call Smith & Stahr, P.S.C. in Lexington, Kentucky at 859.278.9391 to set up a consultation. Our expert team is here to make you smile.