Missing a Tooth? Bridge That Gap with a Dental Bridge

Published on March 22, 2018 by

A missing tooth not only affects your appearance, it also causes problems with chewing. There are many advanced options available nowadays to take care of missing tooth. A dental bridge offers a solution to cover, or bridge, the space left due to a missing tooth/teeth.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that consists of anchoring teeth to support the missing tooth/teeth. You can have false teeth made of ceramic, porcelain, or metal alloys. Dental bridges can be of different types to suit all needs.

A fixed bridge is useful for replacing missing teeth adjacent to each other. It is also ideal if there is only one missing tooth. It consists of a bridge with crowns and false teeth. Crowns go over the teeth on either side of the missing ones.

You can have a bonded bridge for only one missing tooth. It doesn’t require the use of crowns and is supported by metal clips (wings) that get their support from the adjacent teeth.

Reasons to Opt for a Dental Bridge

Dental procedures can seem scary. But the process of installing dental bridges is not very painful or uncomfortable. Bridges are sturdy and can help you chew food properly, and they can also support remaining teeth and prevent them from shifting positions. Bridges help to maintain your jawline and facial shape. Use of dental bridges can help you get your smile back.

The Procedure

If you have a missing tooth, consult with Dr. Miller to find out more about your options for replacing it. If he recommends dental bridges as the best option for you, the process will begin by preparing the adjacent teeth for crowns. Once these teeth are reshaped, Dr. Miller will take impressions of teeth to develop the crowns, tooth, and the bridge.

The process for a dental bridge requires multiple sessions for optimal results. Once the crowns and bridge are ready, Dr. Miller will fit them in your mouth. You may need a follow-up visit so that he can assess the fit and see if the bridge still sits well inside your mouth.

Once you become used to the bridge, you will be able to chew food naturally and comfortably. You may also need a few days of adjustment with dental bridge use in terms of speaking or smiling.

The Results

Dental bridges last a long time. With good oral care, dental bridges can last for 10 to 15 years or longer. You need to follow all care instructions given by Dr. Miller to prevent any complications due to dental bridges.

You will need to properly brush and clean your bridge just like your normal teeth. If you experience any pain in the area of the dental bridge or nearby gums, schedule a visit with your dentist immediately.

Dental bridges offer a convenient and comfortable option to replace missing teeth, allowing you to continue to enjoy good oral health.

Find Out More About Dental Bridges

To find out more about dental bridges and if they’re right for you, arrange a consultation by contacting our office. Dr. Dan Miller is a highly skilled cosmetic dentist with years of experience.

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