What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more teeth within the mouth. Your child might need a bridge if they’ve had a permanent tooth extracted. Bridges aren’t just durable and long-lasting, but they are made to look completely natural. Your child or teen can expect the bridge to last for many years before it’ll need to be replaced.
Why might Dental Bridges be needed?
The reason your child will need a bridge is because they are missing a tooth. Bridges are often placed over permanent teeth only, but they can be made and placed to replace primary (baby) teeth that have fallen out prematurely. Bridges help to restore the look of their smile while improving functionality. It will be easier for your child to eat and chew thanks to their new bridge.
What makes your child a candidate for Dental Bridges?
To determine if a bridge is necessary, we will examine your child’s smile. This will help us to determine if they would benefit from a bridge. If they have an older bridge that is showing signs of wear, we can replace it easily in our office. Most children and teens who need a dental bridge can safely have the procedure down in our office at your family’s convenience.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The bridge procedure will begin by administering an anesthetic or sedative according to their needs. We then work to file down the two surrounding teeth so that the bridge has something to hold onto. Impressions are taken to make the bridge, and your child will come in for a second appointment. This second visit into the office involves placing the permanent bridge. The bridge is then adjusted, which makes it more comfortable for your child to bite down and chew. They can and should brush and floss around the bridge in order to keep it free of plaque, stains and debris.
If you would like to bring your child in for a consultation regarding bridge work, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly staff members.