Durable Dental Bridges in Lafayette
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges work on the same principle as a regular bridge: two supporting structures hold a primary structure in place between them. In the case of dentistry, the supporting structures refer to abutment teeth, those teeth that lay on either side of a gap. The primary structure consists of an artificial tooth, called a pontic, that replaces the missing tooth. Archaeologists have found gold bridgework dating back to the Etruscan civilization around 2600 B.C., demonstrating that bridges have a long-proven track record for successfully replacing missing teeth.
The Bridge Placement Procedure
Placing a bridge requires two separate visits to the dentist’s office. First, Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri will prepare the enamel of the abutment teeth to accommodate the placement of supporting dental crowns. Once prepared, she will take accurate impressions of the teeth and the surrounding oral structures to guide the lab technicians as they create your custom bridge. Finally, she will secure a temporary bridge to help maintain proper spacing until your permanent is ready. At the second appointment, Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri will check the bridge for fit and, after making any necessary adjustments, will bond it into place.
Alternatives to Dental Bridges
If you have concerns about enamel preparation or would like to talk about longer lasting tooth replacement options, we encourage you to ask Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri about dental implants. Dental implants can secure crowns, bridgework, and even dentures and, in general, are the longest lasting, most secure tooth replacement.
Visit Your Lafayette Family Dentist
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri, call our office at 337-704-2126. Our Lafayette dentist’s office proudly provides preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to families and individuals in Lafayette, LA, the Acadiana region.
Education is key
Education is a lifelong journey and a truly dedicated family dentist never stops learning. To this end, Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS obtains 75-80 hours of continuing education every year, twice the state’s requirement. In addition, Dr. Maestri and her team focus on educating our patients through hands-on techniques and the open sharing of information. Well-informed patients tend to make better decisions when it comes to at-home dental hygiene and lifestyle choices that impact oral health. If you have any questions about family dentistry or feel that you need some professional guidance, please feel free to ask.