We at Dental Partners of Boston do everything we can to ensure that our patients can keep their own natural teeth healthy and beautiful. However, accidents can happen that result in a tooth being lost or severely damaged. When this occurs, we recommend the use of a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth or restore a seriously damaged one.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap between teeth. Ordinarily, a traditional dental bridge is made up of a filler tooth that has been attached to two nearby dental crowns. A cantilever bridge is used if there are adjacent teeth to only one side of the missing tooth.
Dental bridges can address oral health issues as well as the aesthetics of your smile. Here is a short list of benefits to getting a dental bridge:
First, the supporting teeth for the dental bridge have to be prepared by removing part of the supporting teeth’s enamel to make space for the dental bridge. Then, impressions are taken of your teeth. This impression will act as the model for the dental bridge. After the dental bridge has been created, the dentist will check and adjust the bridge to make sure it fits comfortably before cementing it into your mouth. In some cases, the bridge might be temporarily cemented to see how it fits for a few weeks before it is permanently fixed in place.
If you think you may need a dental bridge, please make an appointment today with Dental Partners of Boston. Our professional dental team will be able to determine if a dental bridge is necessary and answer any questions you may have. Dental Partners of Boston is devoted to bringing our patients the best dental care possible.
Maria E. Cardenas
Mark A. H. Sivers