Jae Won Lee, DDS
General Dentistry located in Desert Hot Springs, CA
Gaps in your teeth can be unsightly and lead to a host of oral health problems, such as teeth shifting into empty spaces, decay, and periodontal disease. Luckily, the team at DHS Dental in Desert Hot Springs, California, offers dental bridges to bridge gaps in your smile. These natural looking prosthetics can attach to implants or get bonded to surrounding teeth that act as anchors. To find out more about bridges, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Dental Bridges Q & A
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are sets of prosthetic teeth that are used to fill gaps in your smile. Bridges can be attached to implants or bonded to neighboring teeth. Your dentist will provide detailed specifications to ensure your bridge matches the shade, size, and function of our natural teeth.
Dental bridges are a durable and cost-effective tooth replacement option. With bridges, you can restore your smile and the vital functions of your teeth.
What is the process for getting a dental bridge?
Getting a dental bridge typically requires at least two visits to DHS Dental. At your first visit, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create your custom bridge. They may also remove some of the enamel from the teeth surrounding the gap to make sufficient room for your bridge.
The impressions are then sent to a dental lab where your bridge is made. It generally takes about two weeks to create a bridge.
In your next visit, if you have dental implants, your dentist will attach your bridge to them. If not, they’ll use a special dental adhesive to bond your bridge to your surrounding teeth.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Bridges fill gaps in your smile and prevent teeth from shifting into those empty spaces. This can help limit your risk of decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Also, bridges can drastically improve your smile and restore lost facial volume. When you’re missing teeth, this can lead to a sunken profile. This is called facial drooping. Bridges can bolster your jawbone and reverse the effects of drooping.
How long do dental bridges last?
Dental bridges last about 5-15 years on average. If you take good care of them by brushing and flossing, your bridges can last a long time.
You should also keep coming into the office for dental exams and cleanings. This will help the experienced professionals at DHS Dental catch problems early when they’re easier to deal with.
To learn more about dental bridges, book an appointment online or over the phone with DHS Dental today.