One or more missing teeth can significantly affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can result in shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), speech impairments and an increased risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay.
Dental bridges are commonly used as a replacement for missing teeth. A bridge consists of two or more crowns on either side of the gap, and false teeth in between. Bridges can help restore your smile and your ability to chew and speak. A bridge can also help maintain the shape of your face and prevent remaining teeth from shifting.
The treatment required to replace missing teeth varies from patient to patient. Our experienced team works directly with you to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your individual needs.
If it is determined that you are a good candidate for a dental bridge, the anchor teeth will need to be re-shaped. This process involves removing a portion of the tooth’s enamel and dentin to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Once the anchor teeth are prepared, we will make an impression of your teeth. These impressions serve as the model from which the bridge, false teeth and crowns are made.
Dental bridges can last from five to seven years or longer. With good oral hygiene, it’s not uncommon for bridges to last over ten years.
Regular maintenance of the teeth is extremely important. The success of the bridge depends on the health and strength of the surrounding teeth. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Visiting your dentist every six months can help you spot problems early when treatment is easier and more successful.
We understand that missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious. A dental bridge can help you regain your confidence and improve your oral health. Our experienced team can help you decide if a bridge is the right choice for you.