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Little Rock Family Dental Care is comprised of a team of dental experts who all strive to meet the same goal, which is to improve patient smiles. When someone arrives with a missing tooth or needs help to replace multiple missing teeth, we can provide a host of options to choose from. However, one of the safest, most reliable solutions continually used by dentists is a dental bridge. These custom-made restorations have been helping patients to see new and improved smiles for years. Using advanced technology and the most natural-looking materials, our team can give you the results you desire and functionality you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn how dental bridges in Little Rock can change your life.
A dental bridge is a customized, restorative solution that “bridges the gap” between healthy teeth. When a single tooth is missing or multiple consecutive teeth need replacing, a dental bridge can be created by fusing three or more dental crowns. The outer crowns are placed over your healthy, natural teeth, which will serve as anchors for the prosthetic, while the interior, artificial teeth will sit on top of your gums to replicate a complete smile.
Individuals who are considering a dental bridge for their missing teeth in Little Rock must have good general oral health. This means that if one of our dentists discovers you have periodontal disease (gum disease) or tooth decay, it will be necessary for us to address these issues before moving forward with a dental bridge placement.
However, if after undergoing a full examination by one of our dentists you learn you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, we can begin to formulate a treatment plan based on your individual needs. If you prefer a less invasive solution, we can easily place a bridge over your natural teeth, but if you prefer a more permanent solution, it may be possible to insert a dental implant into your vacated socket and fit you with a customized dental bridge that will be secured to the top.
It’s important to know that to receive a dental implant, your jawbone must be dense enough to support the restoration.
When receiving a dental bridge, it will require altering the natural teeth located on either side of the gap. Why? Because these teeth will serve as anchors and must be prepped to comfortably accommodate your new restoration. After administering a numbing agent, we will file down these teeth and take impressions of your smile. This will serve as a blueprint for lab technicians to use when creating your customized bridge.
After several weeks, you will return to our office where we will remove the temporary prosthetic and put your finalized dental bridge into place.