Dental bridges are a worthy solution to your missing teeth. They are ceramic restorations bonded in place of the missing teeth to restore both oral functionality and aesthetics.
Why should you replace a missing tooth?
- When there is a missing tooth, the remaining teeth tend to drift away from the socket in the jawbone. This can cause further tooth loss.
- The tooth that is next to the missing tooth is highly likely to loosen from the socket of your jawbone.
- Biting, chewing, and phonetics are the essential functions of your mouth that could be affected.
- You may experience a loss of confidence due to the missing tooth.
What are the advantages of dental bridges?
- Bridges are made from tooth-colored ceramic material. This keeps them in disguise and avoids being easily distinguished.
- Bridges keep the adjoining natural teeth from drifting from their positions by filling the gap.
- Their strength and hardness are quite similar to that of the natural teeth. You can bite and chew food without any hassle.
- Bridges can be customized to match the exact appearance of missing teeth.
- Since the restoration keeps the remaining teeth from drifting, it prevents a change in the facial shape.
- They are long-lasting, provided you care for them well, and avoid chewing hard objects, tearing open plastic bags, opening bottle caps, etc. with your teeth.
What is the procedure involved?
When you visit Avenue dental for the first consultation, Dr. Pyle will thoroughly diagnose your condition and run a couple of tests. X-rays help determine your candidacy for the bridge. A bridge is a combination of a solid, ceramic prosthetic tooth combined with ceramic crowns on either side. The dentist will prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap for crowns by removing a thin layer of enamel. This makes space for the restorations to be placed. Digital scans will be taken to create a digital impression of the teeth and sent to a laboratory for fabricating the bridge. Meanwhile, we will place a temporary bridge and attach it using temporary adhesives.
During the next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary restoration and clean the teeth. The permanent bridge will be placed on them and checked for fit and comfort. If it fits perfectly, it will be bonded permanently using dental adhesives. It may be polished to give it the right luster.
To have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Pyle, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (765) 288-6121, and we will be happy to help.