Novi Family Dentistry
Abir Faraj, DDS
Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Novi, MI
A missing permanent tooth can take a toll on your self-esteem or cause adjacent teeth to shift. At Novi Family Dentistry in Novi, Michigan, general and cosmetic dentist Abir Faraj, DDS, and his team offer dental bridges to fill in gaps left by missing teeth and perfect your beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with Novi Family Dentistry by phone or online to learn more.
Dental Bridges Q & A
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges consist of artificial teeth that replace missing permanent teeth, eliminating unsightly gaps to complete your smile. A bridge often contains one artificial tooth attached to two crowns that fit over adjacent teeth. Dr. Faraj can also attach an implant-supported bridge to dental implants if you have more than one missing tooth.
Bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain infused with metal, or pure metal. The price of each bridge varies by the type of material used and the shape and size of a tooth requiring replacement.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Some of the many benefits associated with dental bridges at Novi Family Dentistry include:
- Elimination of tooth gaps
- Clearer speech
- Easier chewing
- No adjacent teeth shifting
- Safety and cost-effectiveness
- Strong durability
- Natural-looking results
- Better facial contours
- Improved facial symmetry
Getting a dental bridge is a noninvasive procedure requiring only local anesthetic. It’s fast and painless. If you have missing teeth, dental bridges can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile and self-confidence.
Is a dental bridge right for me?
To find out if you’re a good candidate for a dental bridge or another restoration at Novi Family Dentistry, your provider reviews your oral health history, takes dental X-rays, and examines your teeth and gums. They discuss your desired outcome and develop a personalized cosmetic dentistry plan that matches your needs.
What should I expect when getting a dental bridge?
When getting a dental bridge, plan to attend two office visits. During your first appointment, Dr. Faraj trims down your adjacent teeth to make room for the bridge. He takes a mold of it so a dental lab can create a new, custom bridge that fits comfortably into your mouth and matches the color of your surrounding teeth.
Dr. Faraj can give you a temporary crown while your permanent dental bridge gets manufactured. When it’s ready, you can schedule a second visit. Your Novi Family Dentistry team removes the temporary restoration and secures your permanent bridge in place. There’s no downtime after the procedure so you can resume a normal daily routine right away.
How can I properly care for my dental bridge?
Take good care of your new bridge by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and wearing a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth. Don’t smoke, chew tobacco, or bite on hard objects. Attend all follow-up appointments, plus routine six-month cleanings and exams, with Novi Family Dentistry to maintain a healthy smile.
Don’t live with missing teeth that make you too embarrassed to smile. Schedule an appointment with Novi Family Dentistry by phone or online to find out if dental bridges are right for you.