If you have missing teeth due to decay, disease, or injury, it does more than just negatively affect your smile. Missing teeth can also put you at risk for other serious oral health problems, including:
- Difficulty speaking or chewing
- Shifting, which can in turn lead to bite misalignment and painful TMJ
Obviously, this is a dental problem that she should not ignore. For many people, the right solution to this problem is a dental bridge.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic structure that fills the gap created by missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap are fitted with crowns which then support the false replacement tooth that is positioned in the gap. The replacement can be made of gold, alloy metal, porcelain, or a combination of these.
Removable dental bridges—also called partial dentures—can be taken out and cleaned by the wearer.
Permanent dental bridges are fixed in place and can only be removed by a dental professional.
When properly cared for, a dental bridge will last between up to 20 years.
Advantages to Dental Bridges
Dental bridges correct the problems of missing teeth by:
- Improving your smile
- Restoring your ability to speak and chew properly
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Properly realigning your bite
- Keeping your remaining natural teeth in their correct position
What is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges require two procedure appointments and possibly, multiple adjustment visits.
During the first office visit, your dentist will prepare the teeth that are to support the dental bridge. They will be recontoured to allow for the placement of a crown. An impression of your mouth will be made and sent to the dental lab that will manufacture your bridge. In the meantime, your dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge that will protect your exposed gums and reshaped teeth.
When the bridge is manufactured, a second appointment will be scheduled, and your bridge will be adjusted and fitted to your mouth. During the first few weeks, additional visits may be necessary to ensure proper bite and continued comfort. When all necessary adjustments have been made, permanent bridges are then cemented into place.
To determine if a dental bridge is the right choice for you, call to set an appointment with Pierce Aesthetics of Newport Beach today.