Gaps from missing teeth can impact your bite, your appearance, and your speech. Remaining teeth can shift, causing further disruption, pain and an increased likelihood of gum disease. A dental bridge solves these problems by filling the space with an artificial tooth that is anchored to your natural teeth.
You’ll typically need crowns on the teeth that will support the bridge, and getting a bridge is similar to having a crown applied: the process involves making impressions, shaping the teeth and fitting the bridge.
A bridge can be a permanent replacement which is adhered in place to existing teeth, or it can be a removable piece which uses neighboring teeth as anchors. Permanent or fixed bridges provide stability and durability and can feel like your own teeth, while removable bridges (also known as partial dentures) are easier to clean and may be a better choice if the teeth on either side of the gap are not in good shape. Removable bridges typically cost less than permanent bridges.
As always, we keep any discomfort to a minimum. Getting a crown or bridge is typically not painful, though you may have some sensitivity following the preparations. We use epinephrine lidocaine to numb your mouth during crown or bridge treatments, as it provides better analgesic effects than typical anesthesia. Come visit one of our dental locations and we’ll provide you affordable dental bridges.