If you’re missing one or several permanent teeth in a row, bridges can restore your smile and lower the risk of gum recession and bone loss. At Main Street Dentistry, Imad Sabbagh, DDS, works with dental laboratories to create fixed and removable bridges. To make an appointment at the practice in Alpharetta, Georgia, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Bridges are custom oral prosthetics that fill a gap in your smile. If you lose a permanent tooth, it’s important to replace it as soon as possible. Without prompt intervention, the surrounding teeth can move out of position, affecting your ability to bite and chew.
Once placed, a bridge restores your smile to its near-original condition. Not only that, it minimizes the risk of more serious oral health problems, including gum recession, loose teeth, and bone loss.
At Main Street Dentistry, the team offers several types of bridges, including:
Fixed bridges mimic the strength and durability of your natural teeth. They’re held in place with crowns, a metal framework, or dental implants and encourage good oral health.
Removable bridges connect to small metal clasps. They’re not as sturdy or long-lasting as fixed bridges, but they’re easy to clean and care for.
At Main Street Dentistry, getting a bridge takes two appointments.
Before recommending a bridge, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. If you’re missing one or multiple teeth in a row and don’t want dental implants, your provider takes impressions of your mouth. They send your impressions to a dental laboratory that uses them to design and manufacture a custom bridge.
When the laboratory finishes your bridge approximately a week later, you return to Main Street Dentistry. Your provider administers a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, lines up the restoration with the gap in your smile, and carefully bonds it in place. Afterward, they polish the bridge and provide care instructions.
Dental bridges last an average of 12-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan by practicing good oral hygiene. The team at Main Street Dentistry recommends visiting the office two times each year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. Make sure to brush and floss daily.
To protect your bridge from damage, wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth, and avoid bad habits like opening packaging with your teeth or biting down on hard objects like ice cubes or popcorn kernels.
To learn more about bridges, make an appointment at Main Street Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.