People who are missing one or more teeth often battle self-esteem and confidence issues as they are self conscious of their appearance. In addition, missing teeth can cause a number of other issues including the ability to speak clearly and to properly chew their food. While there are several options available for replacing missing teeth, dental bridges remain one of the most popular and the most economical methods.
A dental bridge is a false tooth that is attached to two crowns, which are installed onto the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The crowns serve as the means to “anchor” the false tooth to the patient’s existing teeth. It is important to note that a dental bridge can have one of more false teeth. The first step in obtaining a dental bridge is for the patient to see a qualified cosmetic dentist, who will perform a complete dental examination to determine if a dental bridge is the best option. If the dentist recommends this procedure, the dentist will prep the two “anchor” teeth to receive crowns.
Once prepped an impression is made of the patient’s mouth, which is then sent off to a dental lab. Here the lab uses the impression to make the false tooth as well as the two crowns. Once completed, the dental bridge is then sent to the dentist’s office where the dentist will install it. Often slight adjustments are necessary to make sure that the patient’s bite is not thrown off, however in most cases the dentist can make the necessary adjustments in their office. Once the dentist is satisfied with the fit of the dental bridge, it is cemented into place and is ready to provide years of service!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry
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