If you are missing one or more teeth, it can greatly impact your smile. Not only can it lower your self-confidence, but it can also make chewing and talking difficult. Damage can be done to your smile by leaving gaps in your teeth. Gaps can cause your other teeth to shift out of place and lead to bone loss in the jaw. Replacing one or more missing teeth can be good for your overall oral health and help give you back your confidence too!
How It Works
A dental bridge works by using a tooth on either side of the gap as anchors. A dental bridge is made up of dental crowns that are bridged together to replace the teeth that are missing. Dental crowns are placed over both surrounding teeth creating a secure replacement bridge to fill the gap and restore your smile.
The first step in the dental bridge process is prepping the teeth on either side of the gap that will act as anchors. These are also referred to as the abutment teeth. A portion of the enamel is removed to allow room for crowns to be placed over them. Next, impressions of those teeth will be taken to create a custom bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed to protect those teeth while the permanent bridge is made. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it will be secured in place. If there are any adjustments that need to be made, a follow-up visit may be necessary.
A dental bridge can help you chew easier, speak more clearly and keep your other teeth from shifting out of place. They are also made to last for many years. If you are interested in dental bridges and live in the Fort Pierce, FL area, give us a call to set up a consultation. Your dentist can evaluate your smile, go over tooth restoration options and help you set up a treatment plan for restoring your smile.