Robert B. Ruyak, DMD

Friday, March 18, 2016

What is a Dental Bridge?

Replacing your missing teeth is important, not just for your smile, but for your oral health. One option for replacement here in Bethlehem, PA is the dental bridge. Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD offers this popular option to his patients who are missing a tooth.

A bridge is exactly what it says it is; a bridge. It literally bridges the gap in your teeth. Bridges are able to be made custom so that they are natural in your mouth. When you smile, no one will be able to tell the difference between your real teeth and your bridge.

To apply a bridge, first the teeth that are next to the space will be reshaped. This is so a crown can be fit on them. The replacement tooth, called a pontic, is going to be attached to the crowns on either side of the space. Bridges can also be made even if there is only one tooth next to the open space.

After your teeth are prepared, Dr. Ruyak will take an impression of the area. This impression will help a dental laboratory create your custom bridge. The creation process may take a couple of weeks, so during this time, you will wear a temporary bridge.

When the custom bridge is ready, it is cemented into place permanently. Bridges are durable, good-looking, and long-lasting. To schedule your bridge consultation with Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD in Bethlehem, PA, call our office at (610) 861-0777 or visit our website,

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