Restorative Dentistry

Dental Bridge Procedure

Replace Missing Teeth With Our Holyoke Dentists

Are you among the millions of people missing one or more teeth? Don’t let missing teeth impact your smile and oral health any longer. Dental bridges offer a reliable and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring the function and aesthetics of your smile. At Holyoke Mall Dental, our skilled dentists specialize in dental bridge procedures to help you regain your confidence and improve your overall oral health.

Don’t wait any longer! Contact our dental office today by calling (413) 538-7400 to schedule your consultation. Our Holyoke dentist explains the dental bridge procedure to ensure you know what to expect. 

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How the Dental Bridge Procedure Works

Dental bridges are an effective solution for people who have missing teeth. They’re used to bridge the gap between teeth by anchoring a false tooth (pontic) to the surrounding natural teeth (abutments). The dental bridge process involves several steps, including consultation and evaluation, preparing the abutment teeth and placing a temporary bridge, fitting and placement, and a follow-up appointment.

Components of a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge consists of the following components:

  1. Pontic: This is the term for the artificial teeth, or tooth, that replace the missing natural teeth. Pontics can be made from various materials, including porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of these materials.
  2. Abutment Teeth: These are the natural teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap. They serve as support for the bridge. If natural teeth are used, they’re often reduced in size to accommodate the bridge.
  3. Retainers or Dental Crowns: These are fixed onto the abutment teeth and hold the pontic in place. They can be made of similar materials as the pontics. Depending on the design of the bridge, these can be full crowns that cover the entire abutment tooth or partial coverage, like inlays or onlays.
  4. Connectors: These are the parts that connect the pontic to the retainers or crowns. They can be rigid (as in conventional bridges) or non-rigid (as in some types of removable bridges).
  5. Framework: In some bridges, there’s a metal or porcelain framework that provides additional strength and support.

The Dental Bridge Process

Consultation and Evaluation

The first step in the dental bridge process is a consultation with our Holyoke dentist. During this appointment, Dr. Eric Chen will evaluate your oral health, including your teeth and gums, and discuss your options for replacing missing teeth. They may also take digital X-rays and impressions of your existing teeth to create a model of your mouth, ensuring your custom bridge is a perfect fit.

At this appointment, they’ll also recommend the best dental bridge type. They may recommend a traditional dental bridge, implant-supported bridges, or another option.

Preparing Abutment Teeth and Placing a Temporary Bridge

Once our dentist has determined that a dental bridge is the right option for you, they’ll prepare the abutment teeth. This involves removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth that will support the bridge. Dr. Chen will then take another impression of your teeth to create a mold of your mouth, which will be used to create your permanent bridge.

While your permanent bridge is being made, we’ll place a temporary dental bridge to protect your abutment teeth and help you eat and speak normally while waiting for your permanent restoration to be created.

Fitting and Placement

Once your permanent bridge is ready (usually within two to three weeks), you’ll return to our Holyoke dental office for the fitting and bridge placement appointment. During this appointment, Dr. Chen will remove the temporary bridge and fit the permanent bridge to your abutment teeth. They’ll then make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. With dental cement, it will be set into place.

Follow-up Appointment

After your bridge has been placed, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that everything is healing properly. During this appointment, Dr. Chen will check the fit of your bridge and make any necessary adjustments. They’ll also provide you with instructions on how to care for your new bridge to ensure its longevity.

Post-Procedure Care

After your dental bridge procedure, there are certain practices that you’ll need to follow, including:

  • Oral Hygiene Habits: Keeping the remaining teeth healthy and strong is crucial for the longevity of the dental bridge. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential.
  • Dietary Adjustments: Initially, you’ll want to stick with eating soft foods and avoid anything that could put undue pressure on the new bridge.
  • Regular Check-ups: Regular visits to the dentist can ensure the bridge remains intact and the adjacent teeth remain healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Replace Your Missing Teeth With a Dental Bridge at Holyoke Mall Dental

Ready to have a complete smile? Schedule your appointment with our Holyoke dentist today by contacting our dental office at (413) 538-7400. Dr. Chen will evaluate your case and discuss dental bridges with you.

We’re proud to provide top-rated restorative dentistry services in the Greater Springfield area, including Westfield, Southampton, South Hadley, and nearby Western Massachusetts communities.