Dental Bridges

Dennis J. Carlile, DDS -  - Family Dentist

Kenosha Breeze Family Dental

Dennis J. Carlile, DDS

Family Dentist located in Broken Arrow, OK

If you have one or more missing teeth, dental bridges can help restore your smile. Dennis J. Carlile, DDS, of Kenosha Breeze Family Dental in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, creates custom bridgework that is both durable and beautiful. Don’t let missing teeth have a negative impact on your life when there are effective treatment options available. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the simple online scheduling tool.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option comprised of one or more artificial teeth anchored by your adjacent natural teeth. They are durable and long-lasting, but they aren’t permanent.

Dental bridges are a good choice if you have one or more missing teeth but still have a significant number of healthy teeth. Many men and women choose bridgework over dental implants due to cost considerations.

What are some benefits of dental bridges?

A bridge can restore the appearance of your smile, which can also improve your confidence. However, there are other benefits associated with dental bridges, including the ability to:

  • Restore a healthy bite and allow a varied diet
  • Maintain your facial shape
  • Restore proper speech patterns
  • Prevent nearby teeth from shifting out of position

It’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Without a proper replacement, a missing tooth can create instability in your bite, which can lead to additional dental issues.

How are dental bridges created?

The process begins with preparing the natural teeth on each side of the gap that will anchor your bridge. Dr. Carlile removes a small portion of tooth enamel on the teeth that flank the gap to make room for new crowns that will go on those teeth. These crowns serve as anchors to secure your bridge into place.   

He then takes an impression of your bite to send to the dental lab. That information is used to craft your custom bridge. You’ll receive a temporary bridge to wear until your next appointment.

Once your bridge arrives, Dr. Carlile will place it to see how it fits. If needed, he will install the bridge using temporary adhesive so you can wear it for a couple of weeks to ensure the best possible fit. Once you’re happy with the look and fit, the bridge will be cemented into place.

Are dental bridges permanent?

Dental bridges can last for many years, but they’re not permanent. Over time, your bridge will likely need repair or replacement. There are, however, things you can do to make your bridgework last as long as possible, including:

  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene to preserve the health of surrounding teeth
  • Avoid chewing ice or hard foods
  • Never use your teeth as tools to pry or open things
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings and exams
  • Avoid teeth grinding

With proper care, your dental bridge can last 10 years or more. To discuss whether a bridge is a good option for your dental needs, call or click to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlile.