What is a Dental Bridge and What are They Used For?

What is a Dental Bridge and What are They Used For?

For many of those out there that don’t have the smile they wish they had, there is an answer to your dental woes. If you find that you feel afraid to smile in public because of a gap in your teeth, You are not alone. Millions of Americans have benefited from dental bridges. In today’s article we will discuss what dental bridges are, what they’re used for, and how they can positively affect your life.

What are Dental Bridges

To begin, dental bridges are dental implants that help bridge the gap between a set of missing teeth. A bridge typically consists of two crowns, one on each side of the gap. Then, a false tooth or teeth that is needed to fill in the gap are placed on top, and most usually consists of porcelain, gold, or alloy false teeth

Three Common Types of Dental Bridges

there are typically three kinds of dental bridges that are most commonly used and they include:

  • Traditional bridges
  • Cantilever bridges
  • Maryland-bonded bridges

Traditional bridges involved the creation of crowns for the teeth on each side of the gap, then bridging the gap of the pontic. Cantilever bridges apply when there’s only teeth on one side of the gap. Maryland bridges involve attaching resin bonded bridges to the teeth on opposite sides of the gap.

What to Expect When Getting a Dental Bridge

Once you’ve decided that it’s time to finally take care of the gap in your teeth, the next step is to consult your dentist. Getting a dental bridge is imperative to not only the look of your teeth, but the health of your entire body. You need the expertise of a dentist, and at least two visits, to finally achieve the health and look that you’ve been searching for all this time.

The first thing your dentist will do is make an impression of your teeth closest to the gap. This impression is then sent to those who create the dental bridge, and finally once it’s all done all of these implants are then placed in the mouth giving you the teeth you’ve always needed.

Installation is Easy!

If you still have questions concerning dental bridges, or would like to consult a local dentist that is an expert in implanting dental bridges, feel free to contact us at Edinburg Family Dentistry today!

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.