What Is a Dental Bridge?

What Is a Dental Bridge?

If you’re in search of a solution to replace one or more adjacent teeth, your trusted team at Kraklow Family Dentistry is here to help. We’re proud to offer a range of tooth restoratio solutions, including dental bridges, to deliver healthy, functional smiles. Talk to one of our team members to determine whether a dental bridge is right for you!

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed tooth restoration that literally “bridges” a space created by missing one or more of your teeth. It gets its support from healthy teeth or crowns placed on dental implants on either side of the gap. Your replacement teeth are called pontics, while the supporting teeth are called abutments. Once in place, your new tooth replacements will look just like your natural teeth, restoring your seamless, confident smile.

Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?

Aside from maintaining your beautiful smile, replacing missing teeth will prevent a cascade of oral health problems down the road. Leaving a gap in your smile can cause the surrounding teeth to drift, resulting in crooked teeth, problems with the bite, and stress on the teeth and jaw joints. Moreover, crooked teeth are harder to clean, and food particles can get stuck between them, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Worse yet, the jawbone can shrink, creating a sunken, hollow appearance.

Replacing missing teeth will enable you to speak clearly and chew your favorite foods with ease. You’ll look better, feel better, and enjoy a complete set of functional teeth and long-term problem-free smiles.

What Is the Dental Bridge Procedure?

We will shape your abutment teeth to make space for the dental crowns that will support your restoration. Next, we will take an impression of the area to create a model for your dental bridge, prosthetic teeth, and dental crowns. We’ll place a temporary bridge while our dental lab fabricates your tooth replacements.

During a follow-up appointment, we’ll place the crowns on your abutment teeth. We will examine your bridge and ensure it provides the best fit, comfort, and function. After making any needed adjustments, we’ll secure your bridge to the abutment teeth. You’ll be amazed at how incredibly lifelike your new restoration looks and functions!

How Should You Care for a Dental Bridge?

Your fixed bridge relies on the surrounding teeth for support, so keeping them healthy will ensure the success and longevity of your restoration. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash. Don’t forget to schedule your twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Kraklow and her team will treat any dental problem as it arises to ensure your smile stays in tip-top shape for many years to come!

Dental Bridges Near Me

Contact your trusted team at Kraklow Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, to learn more about replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge. Dr. Kraklow and her team are committed to delivering quality, durable restorations that look just like your natural teeth. Call 262-547-4433 and schedule your appointment or request one online today!