Dental bridges are dental prostheses that are placed in the gaps created by one or several missing teeth. This restorative dental treatment restores the oral functions and smiles of patients who have lost part of their natural teeth.
At Fulton Dental in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Dr. Fulton specializes in tooth restoration procedures including dental bridges, and can help you find the best solution for replacing missing teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges have numerous functional and esthetic benefits, including:
- Dental bridges restore the regular functions of the mouth, like speaking and chewing
- They support the patient’s facial structure and prevent sagging
- The treatment for placing dental bridges is straightforward and minimally invasive
- Dental bridges are customized to meet the unique requirements of the patient
- They help prevent the existing teeth from shifting
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
Dr. Fulton at Fulton Dental in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, starts the dental bridge placement procedure with a complete oral checkup of the patient. If the patient is an eligible candidate for a dental bridge, Dr. Fulton will take X-rays and plan the treatment accordingly.
If any procedures such as dental cleaning or tooth extraction are required, they will be performed before starting the placement of the dental bridge.
To place the dental bridge, Dr. Fulton will prepare the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth by filing them down. This step is essential for the placement of the crowns that will support the dental bridge.
Next, impressions of the teeth are taken, which are sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the bridge.
Once the bridge is ready, Dr. Fulton will place it in position and check that it fits properly. Finally, Dr. Fulton will secure the dental bridge in place and conduct a bite test to ensure the dental bridge is comfortable.
After the dental bridge placement, Dr. Fulton will offer instructions and advice on how to care for the restoration at home and recommend regular dental visits for oral checkups.
A dental bridge is an excellent solution for patients who want a natural-looking dental restoration that blends in with their natural teeth and helps restore their smiles.
At Fulton Dental in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, we offer patients several solutions for replacing missing teeth, including reliable and long-lasting dental bridges. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fulton, call (205) 822-3838, book online, or visit us at 1000 Chestnut Street, Suite 100, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.