Enjoy A Complete Smile Again With A Dental Bridge
Visit our dentist in Glendale to close – or bridge – a gap in your smile when you lose a tooth. Dental bridges are false teeth that are attached to the surrounding teeth using one or more dental crowns.
What happens when you lose a tooth?
Many of us, during our adult lives, will lose a tooth to injury, decay, or gum disease. When that happens, chewing forces can shift front to back and side to side. This can cause teeth to move, shift, even flare out, causing unwanted spaces. It can be a domino effect that can seriously alter the look of your smile, jawline, and face. When teeth are not replaced, wrinkles and lines can also form, causing premature aging. You’ll also lose bone structure in your jaw, which is why face changes may occur. It is for all these reasons that bridge treatment is one option we recommend when teeth are lost.
How can a dental bridge help?
Dental bridges can help you:
- Restore proper chewing ability, and redistributing chewing force more comfortably
- Prevent uneven chewing
- Returns the appearance of a smile and maintains the face’s shape
- Restore speech and annunciation
- Keep teeth from shifting and moving into the gap.
What are the next steps?
A physical assessment including x-rays will clarify your condition and whether you are a candidate for a dental bridge. Your dentist will then recommend a plan, and then prepare to move forward.
The next step will involve preparing the adjacent teeth, which involves shaping the teeth so that the crowns will fit perfectly onto the teeth adjacent to the gap. Often a temporary bridge will be installed while you are waiting for the lab to custom-fabricate your permanent bridge.
You will need to return to have the temporary bridge removed and the permanent one placed on the teeth once it is complete.
The following appointment will ensure that the bridge functions properly and is comfortable.
Is a gap in your smile preventing you from feeling confident around others? Contact us for a consultation – we’ll get you back to smiling in no time!