Replacing missing teeth is an important step toward rebuilding your smile, your oral health and your confidence. Obviously, a missing tooth leaves a hole in your smile that everyone can see. But beyond just the visible consequences, there are other ramifications, as well.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
For example, some people with missing teeth may actually not be able to eat a healthy diet and, therefore, have a degree of malnutrition. Others, because of the location of their missing teeth, may be unable to speak properly; teeth are critical to correctly pronouncing letters and sounds. Some patients even experience a change in the shape of their face or are plagued by shifting teeth. Taken together, all of these consequences can have a significant impact on a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
A convenient and affordable solution from Dale W. Greer, D.D.S. Inc. is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is designed to replace the space left behind by one or more missing teeth. Typically, a bridge is made up of two dental crowns that are attached to the teeth on either side of the space created by a missing tooth or teeth, and false teeth that literally bridge the gap in your smile. For aesthetic reasons, both the crowns and the false teeth are usually made of porcelain, so your smile is not marred by the appearance of metal.
Dental Bridge Procedure
Receiving a dental bridge requires two visits to Dr. Greer’s convenient North Dallas dental office. At the first, he will prepare the abutment teeth—the ones that will support the bridge—by removing just enough of your teeth’s enamel and dentin layers in order to make room for the crown that will be placed over them. This step is critical to making sure your bridge fits comfortably in your mouth.
Alternatively, a bridge can be attached to dental implants if the abutment teeth—those on either side of the gap—are not healthy enough to support crowns. A dental implant consists of a tiny biocompatible post that is surgically embedded in your jawbone in order to support a tooth restoration. Dr. Green will able to advise you on whether or not a dental implant is necessary.
Next, we’ll take an impression of your teeth that are the model from which our dental lab will fabricate the crowns and bridge. We’ll also use this impression to make a temporary bridge that you’ll wear to protect your prepared teeth while the lab makes your permanent bridge.
At the second visit, Dr. Greer will remove the temporary and check to be sure that the permanent bridge fits perfectly. If necessary, he can make minor adjustments to the bridge before cementing it into place. With your new bridge, you will have restored dental function and oral health. To maintain your smile, be sure to brush and floss around your bridge just as you do with your natural teeth. With proper care, your bridge will give you a lifetime of smiles!