A missing tooth can do more than just make you feel self-conscious about your smile. If a missing tooth is not replaced, it can cause your remaining teeth to shift or become damaged. At Gregory Kuo, DDS, MS, we offer beautiful dental bridges in Redmond, Washington to replace a single missing tooth or a row of missing teeth. Dr. Gregory Kuo will ensure that your bridge looks, feels and functions like your natural teeth to give you the best results possible. Give us a call today at 425-883-3656 to learn more!
Dental bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
Did you know…
that the Etruscan civilization were the first to use bridges as a means of restoring damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold, and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th century, when porcelain bridges were first invented. Today, bridges are customized specifically for the patient’s bite and can usually be placed in as little as one or two dental visits. With proper cleaning and regular dental check-ups, bridges can last many years, or even a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a bridge right for me?
If you have a tooth that is missing, a dental bridge may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from bridges.
What should I expect when I have my bridge placed?
If you are a candidate for a bridge, your teeth will be reduced to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the bridge. If you are choosing porcelain prosthesis, its color will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. If a dental lab is making your bridge, you may be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth will need time to heal following the bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.