Dental Bridges – Green Bay, WI
Bridge the Gap in Your Grin
Tooth loss is a serious problem that is estimated to affect at least 178 million Americans to some extent. If you’re part of that statistic, hope is not lost. There are several ways to bridge the gap in your grin. One of them is even called a dental bridge. Using this custom restoration, your dentist in Green Bay, Dr. Scott N. Quandt, can bring back the power of your smile by filling the spaces with lifelike artificial teeth. If you’re ready to leave the woes of missing teeth behind, contact us today to schedule a consultation for a dental bridge.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A bridge consists of a string of several dental crowns. A crown is fitted over the teeth on either end of the gap, and the space is then filled with as many crowns as you need to complete your smile. The teeth in the middle of the bridge are known as pontics. Both the pontics and the crowns on your remaining teeth are custom-made to look and feel like a natural part of your smile. In fact, onlookers shouldn’t even be able to tell that your bridge isn’t your “real” tooth!
Am I a Good Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you’re missing even just one tooth, a dental bridge in Green Bay might be just the treatment your smile needs. Bridges can also replace several consecutive missing teeth; in that case, they just require more pontics. Unlike with dental implants, virtually anyone who is missing teeth would make a great candidate for a dental bridge. However, your mouth must be infection-free before the bridge can be placed. This means we must treat any instances of gum disease or cavities in your healthy teeth prior to your receiving the bridge. You also must be willing to keep up with a dedicated oral hygiene routine after placing the bridge; otherwise, the restoration may fail.
What Is the Bridge Process Like?
Often, the process of receiving a bridge will take more than one appointment. During the first visit, Dr. Quandt will first administer a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel a thing during treatment. Then, our team will file down your teeth on either end of your gap so that they can be fitted with dental crowns. After your teeth have been sufficiently reshaped, we’ll take detailed impressions of them. These impressions are then sent to our partnered dental lab, where a team of skilled ceramists will design your bridge. While your permanent restoration is being crafted, we can affix you with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth in the meantime. A few weeks later, you’ll return to our office, where we’ll remove your temporary and place your permanent bridge.
How Do I Care for My Bridge?
Your dental bridge should be able to last up to 10 years with proper care. That involves brushing your crowns and remaining natural teeth at least twice a day. It also entails flossing, which is a little different with a bridge. Take the time to thread the floss under your pontics. This will clear out any food debris or bacteria that may be trapped under there. It also helps to abstain from smoking, as that could cause gum problems that can compromise your bridge. Lastly, make sure to visit us for a checkup every six months to help ensure that your bridge is still in great condition!