Having teeth missing from your smile can be an inconvenience, not only because it can be unattractive, but it also hinders your ability to eat and speak. One effective treatment for replacing missing teeth is by placing a dental bridge. This treatment can be found at Golden’s Bridge Family Dentistry in Katonah.
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that replaces one or more missing teeth along the gumline. It is fixed onto the abutment teeth, which support it. The pontic is the part that is the actual tooth replacement. There are a few different types of dental bridges. The type used for your case depends on the location of the gap in your mouth.
Not only does having missing teeth affect how you eat and speak, but it can also affect how you feel about your appearance. Additionally, leaving a gap in the teeth untreated can allow the remaining teeth to change position, which can affect your bite. The facial shape can also be affected by missing teeth. Replacing these teeth can help you retain your face shape, giving you a more youthful appearance.
Part of the procedure for placing a dental bridge at Golden’s Bridge Family Dentistry will involve preparing the abutment teeth to receive a dental crown. This is done by removing part of the enamel to make room for the crown. Your dentist at our dental office near you in Katonah will then make an impression of the prepared tooth or teeth and the gap. A dental laboratory will create a bridge based on this impression. A temporary bridge is usually placed on the prepared teeth during the time that you are waiting for the completed bridge to return from the dental lab. Once the bridge is ready, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the completed bridge will be put in place to check for the fit. Adjustments can be made as needed before it is cemented into place. It may take some time for you to get used to having the bridge in your mouth, but eventually, you’ll have the function restored to your smile and be able to enjoy the new appearance of your smile as well.