Missing teeth can make simple tasks like smiling and chewing seem intimidating. At Skyway Dental Clinic in Minneapolis, Dr. Fred Schilling or Dr. Maggie Craven Thompson and a dedicated team of experts can help restore your natural smile with support from a dental bridge. Call or book an appointment online today for more information on how a dental bridge can improve your smile, so you can look and feel your best.
A dental bridge is exactly what it sounds like: a “bridge” that connects the surrounding teeth to fill in the blank space left by a missing tooth. Dr. Schilling and Dr. Craven often recommend them to patients who suffer from tooth loss or severe tooth decay.
A bridge restores your natural bite and improves the look of your smile by filling in the space left behind from your missing tooth with a durable, new replacement tooth. Dental bridges are a great option for patients that want a more time-conscious solution to tooth replacement and for patients that already require treatment or stabilization of teeth surrounding the area of a missing tooth.
If you have one or more missing teeth, the experienced team at Skyway Dental Clinic will likely recommend that you opt for a dental bridge as soon as possible to avoid further damage or surrounding tooth movement.
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding bone and tissue can start to shrink over time, causing your jawbone to struggle with supporting your cheeks and lips. This not only makes you appear older, but also affects your bite which can cause discomfort and other issues down the road.
Building a dental bridge usually takes more than one visit. After consulting with your dentist to make sure that a bridge is right for you, your dentist prepares the teeth surrounding your missing tooth for the bridge and takes impressions of your mouth.
While the impressions are sent off to the lab for creation, you’ll be fitted for a temporary bridge until your next appointment, when the permanent bridge is installed.
A dental bridge is the best option if the teeth on either side of your missing tooth are in need of major restorative work, especially if you only have one or two missing teeth.
While a dental implant is a durable option, in the long run, it takes much longer to install than a bridge — months longer in most cases.
If you’re concerned about chewing, eating, drinking, and overall aesthetics, a dental bridge is your most convenient option, as it takes less time to install and the downtime is less intense.
Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about dental bridges.