Dental bridges by Rockford dentist Dr. Susan P. Anderson restore mouth and tooth function and even improve your smile. They fill in or cover gaps in the mouth, due to missing or damaged teeth.
What is a bridge? A bridge is a type of artificial tooth/teeth that is used to replace missing natural teeth. They are sometimes called partial dentures. These devices “bridge” the gap where the tooth or teeth used to be located.
Candidates for bridges. If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge may be recommended.
Benefits of bridges. Bridges can help cover gaps, but they also play the important role of preventing nearby teeth from shifting or rotating. They can improve the appearance, shape and alignment of teeth and improve and your bite.
Procedure. Getting bridges at Rockford’s Susan P. Anderson Gentle Family Dentistry requires at least two visits, and possibly more. The first visit consists of preparing the underlying teeth and taking impressions. Depending on the condition of your teeth this could take multiple visits. You’ll be fitted with a temporary crown before you leave. You will be fitted with a permanent bridge at your next visit. The devices can be attached in several different ways. They may be supported by your natural teeth with dental cement, by implants, or by a combination of the two.
Alternatives to bridges. In some cases, a crown can be used in place of a bridge if the underlying tooth is in good enough shape to support the crown. Sometimes, a dental implant can be used to replace a missing tooth.
Are bridges noticeable? No. Bridges are typically made of porcelain or ceramic to mimic the look of natural teeth.
Are bridges removable? They can be. Bridges can be fixed or removable. The choice depends on the existing nature of your teeth and your personal preference. Dr. Anderson will help you decide which is the best choice for your situation.
Do bridges require special care? No, but you do need to take care of the surrounding teeth, especially if the bridge is attached to those teeth.
How long do bridges last? Bridges can be expected to last 5-7 years, on average, but this can be influenced by how well you take care of your teeth; they may last longer if well cared-for.
Contact Susan P. Anderson For Dental Bridges In Rockford
Contact Susan P. Anderson, DDS General Family Dentistry at 815-623-1900 to learn more about bridges or schedule an appointment.