Dental Bridges in Birmingham, MI
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement solution used to fill gaps in your smile to improve its appearance and function. The replacement tooth in a dental bridge is called a pontic. Bridges can be held in place with dental crowns that are attached to the natural teeth at each end of the gap, or can be secured using dental implants.
During the procedure, Dr. Stone will reshape the neighboring teeth at each end of the gap to support the prosthetic and ensure a snug fit for your temporary crowns. Once your bridge is ready, you can return to our Birmingham dental office to complete your smile.
Reasons for a Dental Bridge
We recommend dental bridges for patients seeking an affordable, natural-looking restoration option. There are several benefits when choosing a bridge, such as:
- Fill the space of missing teeth
- Maintain natural face shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting position
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore the appearance of your smile
The Bridging Process
At Birmingham Dentistry, Dr. Stone can complete your smile with a bridge in two or more visits and several simple steps:
While your teeth are numb, we’ll prepare the two anchoring teeth by gently removing a portion of enamel to allow for a dental crown.
Dr. Stone will make a highly accurate impression or mold, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.
We’ll also provide you with a temporary bridge that you’ll wear for several weeks until your bridge is ready.
At your second appointment, we’ll carefully check, adjust, and cement your permanent bridge for a perfectly snug fit and a beautiful new smile.
In some cases, Dr. Stone may only temporary cement the bridge to allow your natural teeth and tissues time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time if this is the recommended course of action.
Frequently Asked Questions
While your permanent bridge is created, we’ll provide you with a temporary bridge after your teeth have been prepared so you won’t have to go a day without a complete smile.
The temporary bridge will be removed after your custom-made, permanent bridge is ready and your permanent crown is placed. This can typically be done in as little as two visits to our office in Birmingham, MI.
Dental crowns and bridges are designed to last anywhere from five to fifteen years with good oral hygiene and care. This means brushing and flossing regularly, as well as scheduling bi-annual dental check-ups and cleanings. Our experienced team of Birmingham dentists will help ensure that they’re properly maintained so they’ll last for many years to come.
Taking care of your dental bridge is as easy and simple as taking care of your natural teeth. Make sure to brush after each meal and floss daily to prevent debris and plaque from building up. Scheduling regular check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Stone every six months will help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
A dental bridge technically isn’t permanent, but it is a fixed solution that won’t need to be replaced for up to 15 years. By following a good oral hygiene routine and scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Stone, you can help increase the longevity of your restoration. During your checkups, we’ll examine your dental bridge and tighten the hardware if necessary.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you’re missing several neighboring teeth, a dental bridge is a great way to restore the look, feel, and function of your smile. Contact our Birmingham office at (248) 644-8520 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stone.