Replace One Or More Missing Teeth With Dental Bridges
By Ashley Harrison, DDS
November 24, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bridges
If you’re dealing with tooth loss your number-one goal is to replace that missing tooth fast. However, before you opt for dental bridges in Chico, find out a little bit more about what the treatment process will entail.
What are dental bridges?
Simply put, a dental bridge actually “bridges” the gap left behind by the missing tooth. On both ends of the dental bridge are two dental crowns that go over the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth gap. In between these two crowns is a false tooth. While these false teeth can be created from a variety of different materials including gold, most bridges use porcelain to offer a more natural look.
When are dental bridges used?
Dental bridges replace missing teeth and help to restore and improve your smile. Since the bridges employ the use of dental crowns, you’ll notice that chewing and speaking a significantly easier than before.
Also, tooth loss can eventually lead to facial changes that can make someone look older than they actually are. Dental bridges actually help your face maintain its shape so you don’t have to worry about the physical effects tooth loss will have on your face.
What is the procedure like?
The first visit will require preparing your neighboring teeth for the dental crowns, or anchoring teeth. This means removing portions of your tooth’s enamel to make room for the dental crown. We will then make impressions of your smile to send to the dental lab for fabricating your bridge. While your permanent bridge is being made, we will fit you with a temporary one.
During your second visit we will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the new one. We will also spend time adjusting and fixing the bridge to make sure it fits your smile properly. If you are getting a fixed bridge then we will cement it a few weeks later once we know that it fits just right.
How long will my dental bridges last?
Most dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 15 years depending on how well you care for them. If you maintain good oral health and attend your routine dental checkups then you will be sure to increase the life of your bridge.
If you have any questions about dental bridges in Chico or you’re interested in a dental consultation we would be happy to assist you. Call our office today so we can schedule you for an appointment. Nothing is more important than the health of your smile.