Bridges play an important role in restoring your smile and maintaining your oral health after the loss of one or more teeth. At First Impressions Dental Care in Renton, Washington, Dr. Rick Sodergren and Dr. Deborah Gur-Arie use modern techniques and materials to ensure each patient enjoys the most natural-looking, comfortable, durable bridges available for a more attractive smile, greater confidence and better function. Plus, replacing missing teeth with a bridge helps prevent bite balance problems that can lead to uneven tooth wear, chronic headaches, and even additional tooth loss in the future.
A dental bridge is a device that’s used to literally bridge the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges have a strong framework that supports one or more artificial teeth that are tinted and shaped to blend in beautifully with your other teeth. Bridges are secured to the teeth on either side of the gap using clips (removable bridges) or string adhesives (permanent bridges). The supporting teeth must be covered with crowns to prevent them from becoming damaged by the added pressure from the bridge attachments. Having a dental bridge helps maintain your bite balance and prevents uneven tooth wear that can lead to additional tooth loss in the future.
Once your teeth have been carefully evaluated, Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will begin the bridge procedure by preparing the supporting teeth for crowns. A small amount of tooth material will be removed from the teeth to make room for the crowns, then Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will take an impression of those teeth and the gap between them and send the impression to the lab where your restoration will be made. The tint will also be selected during this appointment, and you’ll receive temporary crowns to protect your teeth until the next appointment. At the second visit, Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will remove the temporary crowns and apply the permanent crowns, then fit your bridge in place and carefully adjust it. Permanent bridges will be attached using a strong adhesive. A final buffing ensures your new crowns and bridge look beautiful and fit perfectly.
No, your bridge can stay in great shape with regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental checkups and cleanings every 6 months to keep the gums and supporting teeth healthy. During your exam, Dr. Sodergren or Dr. Gur-Arie will examine your bridge to ensure it’s still firmly adhered to the supporting teeth. Avoid chewing on ice or hard candy to prevent damaging the crowns (as well as your natural teeth).
Today’s bridges are made of very durable materials. With proper care, your bridge can last 10-15 years or more.