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Dental Bridges

Alexandria dental patient with new bridgesPatients missing one or more teeth have several options to restore their smile. For some patients, a dental bridge may provide the best option. A bridge typically includes two dental crowns on either end of one or more prosthetic teeth. The prosthetic dental device derives its name from the fact that it literally bridges the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. Dr. Joseph Haack has years of experience and continuing education in the field of creating and placing dental bridges, and provides them to his patients regularly.

If you would like to learn more about dental bridges or schedule an appointment with Dr. Haack, call our Alexandria, MN dental office at (320) 763-7484 today.

Who Needs a Dental Bridge?

Patients who have lost a tooth, or a few in a row, to tooth decay, gum disease, facial trauma, or a blow to the mouth will have a gap between their remaining teeth. Over time, the teeth around this gap can rotate or shift into the empty space left by the missing teeth. This shifting can cause the patient to have an imbalanced bite, which in turn may lead to TMJ disorder. If Dr. Haack can place a dental bridge before the teeth have a chance to rotate, to prevent shifting and restore his patient’s smile to its original beauty.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

Aside from preventing your remaining teeth from drifting, a dental bridge has several benefits. Chief among these is the restoration of the patient’s smile to its original beauty, which may be a boost to self-confidence. By preventing the cheeks from sinking in and appearing hollow, a bridge can help a patient retain a youthful, full facial shape. Dental bridges also help patients speak more clearly, and improve their chewing capability by distributing the bite force correctly.

The Composition of a Dental Bridge

Your bridge will consist of one or more prosthetic teeth, called pontics, with a dental crown on either side to hold the prosthetic in place. The crowns are referred to as abutment crowns. Patients can choose to have their pontics made from gold or metal alloys, but most will choose porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal pontics, because the doctor will select a porcelain to match the color of natural teeth. The crowns will be placed over the teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth. The doctor will prepare the abutment teeth by removing a small portion of the surface of each tooth. Some patients may choose to have the crowns attached to dental implants, surgically placed in the jawbone. Implants provide extra stability and eliminate the need for attaching a bridge to crowns.

If you would like to learn more about dental bridges or schedule an appointment with Dr. Haack, call our Alexandria, MN dental office at (320) 763-7484 today.

Having a Dental Bridge Placed

Placing a dental bridge is a fairly simple procedure that typically requires two visits to our office. Your first visit will begin with a consultation with Dr. Haack. The doctor will review your medical and dental history, then perform a comprehensive oral exam to ensure no other work needs to be completed before placing the crown. The doctor will also perform any extractions needed for the placement of the bridge, and prepare the abutment teeth to receive the bridge.

When the doctor has completed the preparation of the abutment teeth, he will make impressions of your teeth, which will be used to make a full model of your mouth. The model will be sent to a US-based dental lab, where technicians will use it to fabricate your bridge. The doctor will provide you with a temporary bridge to wear until your permanent one arrives.

When we receive your permanent bridge in our office, you will return for your second appointment. Dr. Haack will place your bridge and check it for proper fit and occlusion. When the doctor feels the bridge fits satisfactorily he will permanently secure it with a strong, but gentle dental adhesive, and you will leave our office with your smile restored. With proper care and regular dental checkups every six months, your bridge can last over ten years.

Call Us for a Consultation

If you have lost one or more teeth, and would like to learn more about dental bridges, call our Alexandria, MN dental office today at (320) 763-7484 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Haack.