Dental Bridges Westborough, MA

Dental Bridges An Overview

If you have lost one tooth or several consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can restore function, aesthetics and oral health stability. A traditional dental bridge is a removable oral appliance that attaches to existing “anchor” teeth. The development of new techniques and evolution of dental implants now enables patients to receive a dental bridge that is permanently secured and can improve oral health in several ways.

Dr. Tufa works with patients who have lost teeth on an individual basis to restore their smile with a dental bridge. For patients who are considered good candidates for implants, she typically recommends using them to enjoy the best possible result. Dental implants can replace the lost tooth root, stabilizing bone recession in the jaw and the natural structure of the lower facial area.

A custom made dental bridge will be color matched to your smile and overall appearance for the most natural looking result. With routine dental care and good oral hygiene, you can expect to enjoy your dental bridge for a lifetime.

Dental Bridges What to Expect

The process for placing a dental bridge will vary, depending on whether dental implants are being placed to secure the new bridge. If implants are to anchor the bridge, we will coordinate the surgical part of the procedure with a local specialist. Once the posts are implanted, there is a healing period of several months before the crowns or dental bridge can be secured. A temporary bridge is often placed to provide function and aesthetics.

When existing teeth are to be used to anchor a dental bridge they are often strengthened with dental crowns. Dr. Tufa will prepare these abutment teeth for placing dental crowns during an initial visit, followed by dental impressions and placing a temporary bridge while the new restorations are being made in a dental lab. Once complete, the crowns will be placed and the new bridge secured in place.

Dental Bridges FAQs

Can a dental bridge be repaired?

Repairs can be made to a dental bridge if the damage is minor and a fixed bridge does not need to be removed. If a fixed bridge becomes damaged, it is often necessary to replace the bridge and address any damage to the abutment teeth.

Can I floss a dental bridge?

Yes, it is important to floss around a dental bridge to remove any food particles that can become lodged next to or below the bridge. Our staff will demonstrate safe, effective flossing after placing your new bridge.

Why choose Westborough Dental?