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Missing teeth can create serious problems for the appearance and functionality of your smile. They can result in a change in your bite, a shifting of your remaining teeth to fill in the gap with increased wear and possible TMJ pain, an increased risk of periodontal disease, and an increased risk of bone loss. In order to avoid these serious issues, it is important to address tooth loss as soon as possible.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are an excellent option to replace missing teeth. They consists of a false tooth that is fused between two dental crowns to fill the space left by a missing tooth. The dental crowns will be attached to your neighboring teeth to provide stability for the restoration and hold your false tooth in place. They look and function just like your natural teeth and only require a few modifications to the patient’s flossing technique.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an excellent option for patients who lack sufficient bone structure to support a dental implant or who prefer a more stable restoration than dentures. It is also ideal for patients who prefer a significantly less invasive procedure than what is required when placing dental implants. Dental implants also require a waiting time of several months before crowns can be attached in most cases.
However, dental bridges are not appropriate in all situations. Each bridge should only be used to replace gaps of four or fewer missing teeth although several bridges can be present in the same mouth. In most cases, you must also have healthy teeth on either side of the gap since they must support the placement of the dental crowns that attach the ends of the bridge.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can serve many important functions, including:
- Restore a beautiful smile
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting
- Restore your ability to speak and chew properly
- Distribute the forces in your bite correctly
Your Dental Bridge Procedure
Your dental bridge procedure can be completed in two visits to our Mesa dental office. At your first visit, Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro will prepare your adjacent teeth to accommodate the dental crowns which will be placed over them. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro will then take impressions of your teeth which will be sent to the lab for use in the creation of your bridge with attachment crowns. You will be fit with a temporary dental bridge to protect your teeth and gums while the permanent one is constructed.
When your permanent restorations have been completed, you will return to our office to have them placed on your teeth. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro will attach the permanent dental bridge and attachment crowns, and make any necessary adjustments at this time.
It is important to care for your dental bridge by brushing and flossing regularly. This will help maintain your exceptional results for years to come.