Bridges Specialist

Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard

General Dentistry located in Seattle, WA

A confident and full smile keeps your teeth properly aligned, helps you speak and chew with ease, and makes you look good and feel happy. If you have any missing teeth that are preventing you from experiencing the benefits of a healthy smile, the talented team of caring dentists at Sunrise Dental of Seattle - Ballard can fit you with a bridge to fill in any gaps. To learn more, schedule an appointment today by calling the Seattle office or by using the request appointment tool online.

Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fake tooth, called a pontic, that two or more crowns on either side support and hold in place, which either dental implants or a natural root structure anchor (the anchoring teeth or implants are called abutments).  

Bridges fill the holes in your smile missing teeth cause, working to literally “bridge” the gap between teeth. Depending on the location of your bridge and your unique needs and preferences, a bridge is made from ceramics, metals, or a combination of the two.

Why do I need a dental bridge?

Your mouth is designed to work with all of its teeth. Gaps in your smile do more than impact the cosmetic appearance of your smile, they can also negatively impact your oral health by disrupting the normal functioning of your mouth. Missing teeth can:

  • Make it difficult for you to chew normally
  • Make it difficult for you to speak properly
  • Alter the shape of your face and jaw
  • Throw the rest of your teeth out of alignment as they shift into the empty space
  • Disrupt the proper distribution of force when you chew

By filling in your missing teeth, a bridge can restore the normal functioning of your mouth, giving you a smile that not only looks better but works better, too.

What’s the process for getting a dental bridge?

Getting a bridge requires two appointments with the team at Sunrise Dental.

During the first appointment, your dentist prepares your abutment teeth by grinding down some of their enamel, making room to place the crowns. Next, your dentist makes an impression of your teeth, which is sent to a lab to design a bridge that will fit comfortably in your mouth and appear to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth. After they make an impression, your dentist sends you home with a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent solution is being constructed.

Once your permanent bridge is ready, you’ll come back to the office to place it. Your dentist removes the temporary bridge and places the permanent one, checking to make sure that it fits in properly with your bite. Once you’ve determined that the fit is good, they seal it with dental cement and send you on your way with a fresh new smile!

To learn more about how the team of caring professionals at Sunrise Dental can improve your smile with a dental bridge, schedule an appointment online today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.