Dental Bridges Can Regain Your Confidence
Do you hold back from smiling due to one or more missing teeth?
Do you have teeth drifting over into the empty space of a missing tooth or missing teeth?
Having trouble chewing or speaking due to one or more missing teeth?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of the questions above, then a dental bridge could be the answer to solve your problems and can help you restore your smile, maintain the shape of your face, help you re-gain proper chewing and speaking, and ultimately, your confidence.
Your existing teeth are used to literally create a dental bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are re-contoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab.
The lab is able to use the mold to create a dental bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the dental bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly.
Set up an appointment today if you would like to learn more about how dental bridges can help restore your smile.