Dental Bridges | Lake Pointe Dental Group
People lose their teeth for a variety of reasons, and when they do, often a dental bridge is a good solution. A dental bridge, sometimes called a fixed bridge, fills the gap between existing teeth with a “pontic”—an artificial tooth or teeth made from porcelain to match the color, shape, and size of your existing teeth.
The fixed bridge is attached to teeth on either side of the gap so that it stays in place when you talk, chew, and smile. Dental bridges look and feel like natural teeth, and most people cannot tell that they are artificial.
The beauty of a dental bridge is that it is fixed and is a permanent part of your mouth. It does not come in and out like a partial or denture.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
The life of your dental bridge depends largely on your oral hygiene and how well you maintain a regular checkup schedule with your dentist. Typically, dental bridges last 5–15 years. With good oral hygiene, a bridge will often last more than a decade.
Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges restore your smile, but they’re not only for aesthetics. Dental bridges can:
- Enable you to chew more easily.
- Help you speak and pronounce words clearly.
- Maintain your face shape.
- Adjust your bite to be more effective.
- Keep existing teeth from shifting position.
What is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?
At Lake Pointe Dental, you will visit us at least twice to get a dental bridge. During your first visit, we will prepare the adjoining teeth to allow room for crowns, or caps, to be placed over them. We will then make impressions of your teeth to send to our dental lab so that they can create a bridge custom-made for you. We will also prepare a temporary bridge for you to wear until your new bridge is available.
During the second visit, we’ll remove your temporary bridge and replace it with your new, more permanent fixed dental bridge. We will adjust and fit it so that it is comfortable. Every person’s mouth and bite are different, so you may need to return for additional adjustments until it’s just right. The bridge will be cemented into place and will last for years.
Interested in getting a dental bridge? Contact Lake Pointe Group Dental today!