A bridge is an oral prosthetic that restores the appearance and function of one (or several) permanent teeth with a false tooth. Specifically, a bridge closes a gap in your smile, reducing the risk of gum recession, bone loss, and shifting teeth.
Dr. Fieldsmith regularly uses bridges to address tooth loss caused by decay, gum disease, and injury.
Dr. Fieldsmith offers several types of dental bridges, including:
A traditional bridge has two crowns and one (or multiple) false teeth. Dr. Fieldsmith bonds the crowns to your existing, healthy teeth, which prevents the bridge from moving.
If you’re missing several teeth in a row, Dr. Fieldsmith might recommend a cantilever bridge. This bridge uses only one crown for an anchor instead of two.
A Maryland bridge uses a metal framework instead of crowns to hold the restoration in place. Dr. Fieldsmith bonds the metal framework to the back of healthy permanent teeth.
An implant-supported bridge connects to a dental implant, a small, screw-like post that Dr. Fieldsmith inserts into your jaw. The implant fuses with your natural bone, providing a long-lasting tooth replacement solution.
Getting a non-implant supported bridge takes two separate visits and several steps:
During your first appointment, Dr. Fieldsmith prepares your abutment teeth. To do that, he administers a local anesthetic and removes a thin layer of enamel so there’s room for the crown(s) or metal framework.
Dr. Fieldsmith takes impressions of your teeth and sends the impressions to a dental laboratory. The team at the laboratory uses your impressions to mold a bridge that restores your smile to its near-original condition. While you’re waiting, Dr. Fieldsmith applies a temporary bridge.
On your second visit, Dr. Fieldsmith removes the temporary bridge and replaces it with the permanent bridge. He makes adjustments as necessary, ensuring a perfect fit.
Bridges often last 5-7* years, but you can extend their use with good oral hygiene. If you brush twice daily and visit Dr. Fieldsmith for routine checkups, your bridge may last for a decade or more.
To learn more about dental bridges, make an appointment at the practice of Wayne T. Fieldsmith, DDS, by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.
*Individual results may vary.