Losing a tooth can be devastating, especially if caused by an unexpected accident or injury. Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew and speak properly and affect your social interactions. When a missing tooth leaves a gap, the surrounding teeth can shift in the mouth and cause misalignment issues. At Dental Health Center, we often recommend dental bridges to restore oral health and function by bridging the gap left by missing teeth.
Dental bridges are a convenient restorative solution and consist of two crowns placed on the teeth on each side of the gap and one or more artificial replacement teeth in between. The crowns are attached securely to the healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap, and the artificial teeth are fused to the crowns to stay in place permanently. Once the bridge is placed in your mouth, it functions just like your natural teeth.
The Process of Getting a Dental Bridge
The natural teeth on either side of the gap are prepared by removing a portion of their outer structure. This is done to create space for the placement of dental crowns, which will support the bridge. An impression or mold of the prepared teeth and the surrounding tissues is taken. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the dental bridge will be custom-made based on the patient's specific requirements.
While the permanent bridge is being fabricated, a temporary bridge is placed over the prepared teeth to protect them and maintain aesthetics and function. Once the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary bridge is removed, and the permanent bridge is carefully fitted and adjusted for optimal fit, bite, and aesthetics. Once the fit and appearance are satisfactory, the dental bridge is permanently bonded or cemented onto the prepared abutment teeth.
The bridge is securely attached to the abutments, providing a stable and functional replacement for the missing teeth.
The Benefits of Dental BridgesRestoration of Function
Dental bridges restore the ability to chew and speak properly, allowing for normal oral function. They help distribute biting and chewing forces evenly, preventing excessive stress on the remaining natural teeth.
Bridges fill the gap left by missing teeth, improving the smile's appearance. They are designed to match the color, shape, and size of the adjacent teeth, providing a natural and seamless appearance.
When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth may shift or drift into the empty space, leading to alignment issues and bite problems. Dental bridges help maintain the proper alignment of the teeth by preventing the neighboring teeth from shifting.Facial Structure Support
Missing teeth can cause the facial muscles to sag, giving a prematurely aged appearance. Dental bridges help support the facial structure and restore a more youthful appearance.
To determine if a dental bridge is the ideal restorative option for you, visit Dental Health Center, your trusted dentist in Rexburg, ID, conveniently located at 56 Professional Plaza, Rexburg, ID 83440, or call (208) 356-9262.