If you are living with missing teeth, you have likely experienced the inconvenience of being limited in what foods you can enjoy and how well you can speak. You may also be self-conscious about your smile if the gaps left by the missing teeth are visible. Dentures are a popular option for replacing teeth, but another option available is dental bridges. You can find quality bridges that fit well and restore the appearance and function of your teeth at Gardenia Dentistry.
A dental bridge is named because it bridges a gap where teeth have been lost. It is a dental prosthetic that relies on the natural teeth that neighbor the gap as anchors. The bridge is fixed to these abutment teeth and the fake tooth or teeth, the pontic(s), fills in the gap.
When teeth are missing, there are more effects than simply a change in what you can eat. According to the American Dental Association, missing teeth can cause the face to look older. Because the area in the jaw where the teeth have been lost is not being stimulated. Bone loss can occur, causing the mouth to lose some of its shape and the chin to move forward. Additionally, the remaining teeth can move along the gum line into the space left by the lost teeth.
The procedure to place a bridge will require two appointments to our office at Gardenia Dentistry. During your first visit, Dr. Hua will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap. The teeth will have a small portion of the enamel removed so that there is enough room to fit on a crown. Dr. Hua will then make an impression of the prepared teeth and the gap. A dental laboratory will use this information to create a bridge. A temporary bridge will be put in place at the end of this first appointment to keep the teeth protected. Once the permanent bridge is ready, he will remove the temporary bridge and “try on” the permanent one. Adjustments can be made as needed before it is permanently cemented into place.
To learn more about dental bridges or to receive one, contact us at Gardenia Dentistry in Aubrey, TX.