When you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, a dental bridge is a relatively quick, noninvasive, semi-permanent fix. By “bridging” the gap caused by your missing teeth, a dental bridge allows your jaw to function normally. Dental bridges are custom-made to fit the shape and color of your teeth. If you think a dental bridge is the best solution for your missing teeth, Dr. Grace Lopez at Coral Bay Smiles can get you started. She and her caring staff serve Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, area residents and can be reached by phone or with a convenient online contact form.
A missing tooth or teeth can cause functional problems with your jaw and mouth that have implications for your overall health. If you don’t replace the missing teeth with a dental bridge, dentures or a dental implant, you could have problems with:
A dental bridge consists of a set of porcelain crowns, or pontics, attached on either side to a crown. The crowns cap the teeth that abut the space left by the missing teeth.
The teeth on either side of the gap — known as the abutment teeth — must be treated to accept and bond the full coverage porcelain crowns.
Dental bridges are semi-permanent and can last for up to 15 years or more. They can be cared for just as if they were your natural teeth. You may have an adjustment period after receiving a bridge. Dr. Grace Lopez will make sure you have been given all your options and if you are the right candidate for a dental bridge. Dr. Grace Lopez and her dedicated staff at Coral Bay Smiles will ensure your dental bridge restoration is long-lasting, functional and perfectly fitted giving a natural and beautiful appearance.
Your dentist can help you determine if a dental bridge is the best solution for your missing tooth or teeth. If you decide to move forward with a bridge, your abutment teeth are reshaped during your first appointment.
While your bridge is being custom designed, you wear a temporary bridge to cover the abutments and the gap. By your second appointment, your custom-made bridge is fitted and affixed with temporary cement. After you’ve worn the bridge for a couple of weeks and it is functioning well, your dentist cements it permanently in place.
If a dental bridge sounds like the right solution to replace your missing tooth or teeth, Dr. Grace is available for a consultation. You can reach her and her caring staff by phone or use the convenient online contact form.