Having missing teeth can have several drawbacks. In addition to not being able to eat some of your favorite foods, you may have trouble speaking properly. Additionally, depending on where the gap is located, it could cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. There are several options available for replacing teeth. A popular and effective one is with dental bridges. You can find this dental solution at Dental Now 14.
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that is anchored onto the natural teeth that neighbor a gap where teeth have been lost. The prosthetic, called the pontic, literally bridges the gap.
To have a dental bridge placed, your dentist at Dental Now 14 will first prepare the abutment teeth to receive dental crowns. This requires them to be shaved down a small portion to allow the crowns to fit comfortably. An impression will then be taken of the prepared teeth and the gap. This information will be sent to a dental lab where the bridge will be created. You will have a temporary bridge placed on the area to keep the prepared teeth protected until the permanent bridge is ready.
Once your bridge returns from the dental lab, you will need to return to our office to have the temporary bridge removed and replaced. Your dentist will first put the bridge in place to check the fit and make adjustments as needed. When the fit is right, the bridge will be cemented into place. It sometimes takes an additional appointment to ensure that the bridge fits correctly with your bite. With proper maintenance, you can expect to get use out of your dental bridge for at least 10 years.
If you are ready to try a tooth replacement option for a gap in your smile, consider dental bridges from Dental Now 14.