If you’ve have a tooth extracted or lost a tooth in an accident or due to trauma, you know how much it can change your smile and affect your self-confidence. The missing tooth may change how you speak, which foods you can eat, and how you smile. However, patients don’t have to hide their smiles or feel self-conscious for long because missing teeth can be replaced quickly and effectively, and patients can once again show off their smiles.
When it comes to replacing missing or badly damaged teeth, patients in the Highlands area have several options available. Patients may have heard about implants, dentures, crowns, and bridges as possible options. While each option has its own benefits, a dental bridge is a popular choice for tooth replacement. A dental bridge is an appliance that includes a false tooth attached to a crown on both sides. The crowns are bonded over the adjacent teeth.
The bridge placement procedure is simple and easy. On your first visit to our office, the doctor will perform an oral exam to determine the health of your teeth and gums. Then he will talk with you about all of your treatment options and, together, you will decide which plan is appropriate for you. If you decide to proceed with the bridge procedure, the doctor will prep the surrounding teeth by removing a very small amount of the tooth’s enamel. This necessary step leaves enough room for the crowns to fit and to look and feel natural.
Next, x-rays will be taken and wax impressions will be created. These are then sent to a dental laboratory and are used to make the bridge and crown appliance. While the appliance is being created, you will wear a temporary appliance to give support and protect the teeth that have had enamel removed. When the bridge is ready, the doctor will test the fit, shade and shape to make sure that it will be comfortable and match your remaining teeth. If any adjustments need to be made, he can make them during this appointment. Once the fit is perfect and you are satisfied with the look, the bridge will be placed by bonding the crowns to the surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges require the same care as your natural teeth. Brushing after meals or at least twice a day and flossing every night will help keep the appliance clean and free from plaque and bacteria. In addition, maintaining a schedule of twice a year checkups gives you a chance to talk to us about any problems you may have with the appliance.
In addition to giving you a happy and confident smile, replacing a tooth ensures that your remaining teeth and face have the proper support and function appropriately. Call Dr. Terry Vines at Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.