If you’re like most Americans over the age of 30, chances are you’re missing a tooth or two. If this tooth loss makes you self-conscious, less likely to smile in photos, or causes any sort of speech or eating difficulty, it’s time you took a serious look at getting a dental bridge to replace your lost tooth.
A bridge essentially mimics the appearance of a natural tooth that is joined to a pair of crowns on the neighboring teeth.
Being fitted with a bridge often requires two separate appointments. At the first appointment your dentist will create a pair of abutments out of the two neighboring teeth. This is done by removing a large amount off the existing tooth enamel, leaving behind just a small sheath to help provide structure and protection for the interior dentin and root of the tooth.
Your dentist will then create an impression of the area, including your bite pattern. This is sent to a special dental lab that makes your new bridge. Temporary crowns, will then be placed over each abutment to protect them in the interim.
At the second appointment your dentist will remove the temporary crowns and cement your new bridge in place. With proper care and cleaning your new bridge should last for many years to come.
Dental bridges can restore your smile to its former glory, and you shouldn’t delay your replacement any longer. Call us today at 804-554-3767 to schedule a consultation and begin the process.