Do you have some teeth missing? If there are teeth still present on both sides of the missing teeth, then you don’t have to get dentures. Instead, we can provide you with a permanent replacement called a fixed dental bridge.
Fixed Bridges Are A Great Long-Term Replacement for Missing Teeth
It’s important to replace missing teeth — because if you don’t, it may cause future problems with your remaining teeth. For example, your remaining teeth may drift into the open spaces. This would change your bite and affect your ability to chew. This, in turn, can end up causing sore jaws, gum disease or additional decay (because it’s more difficult to keep your teeth clean).
So, when one tooth is lost, it can potentially affect your entire mouth — in many different ways!
We will help you learn more about your options when you come into our office for an examination. We will do x-rays and a gum and bone evaluation. We might also create molds of your teeth, which will enable us to help you visualize a “preview” of how your teeth would look with a bridge. Likewise, the mold will make it possible to create temporary teeth that you can get on the day of the procedure, which you can wear until we have your permanent bridge ready.
Typically, it only takes two visits for a dental bridge:
- Preparation visit — majority of the work is performed, and temporary bridge is made for you to use right away.
- Placement of your permanent bridge.
Keep in mind that a dental bridge is NOT removable after it has been cemented into place. (Don’t confuse it with a partial denture, which is removable.) After your dental bridge is in place, you will soon return to your regular chewing habits.
Remember, to make your dental bridge last as long as possible, you need to maintain excellent dental habits at home, and regular dental maintenance at our office.
If your missing teeth are frustrating you, then let’s talk about the benefits of a dental bridge by calling our office at (678) 619-5575.