Fillings and bridges are two of the most common dental restorations. They’re often mentioned together, but fillings and bridges are two different things:
A filling uses composite resin to repair damage to your tooth enamel caused by decay. The material mimics the color and light-reflecting properties of enamel, ensuring your restoration appears natural.
Bridges fill a gap in your smile caused by one (or several) missing teeth. There are various types of bridges, including traditional, Maryland, and implant-supported. The type of bridge that will benefit you most depends on the number of teeth missing and your oral health.
At All Smiles Dentistry, getting a filling takes one appointment. If the team discovers a minor cavity, they administer a local anesthetic, carefully remove the decaying portion of your tooth, and “fill” it with a composite resin material. When the material dries, your provider polishes the tooth and provides care instructions.
At All Smiles Dentistry, getting a bridge takes two appointments.
To see if you can benefit from a bridge, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays. If you’re missing one or multiple teeth in a row, your provider takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental laboratory. Technicians at the lab then use your impressions to design and create a custom bridge.
A week or two later, when the technicians complete your bridge, you return to All Smiles Dentistry. Your provider lines up the bridge with the gap in your smile and bonds it in place. The process is quick, pain-free, and requires no downtime.
Fillings and bridges can last anywhere between five and 12* years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan. The team at All Smiles Dentistry recommends:
In addition, try to visit All Smiles Dentistry once every six months for an oral exam and professional dental cleaning. Regular checkups can alert you to potentially serious issues early on, when they’re most likely to respond to treatment.
To explore the benefits of fillings and bridges, make an appointment at All Smiles Dentistry by calling the office today or scheduling online.