When you were a child, losing a tooth was exciting. You probably got a visit from the Tooth Fairy and maybe even a little money!
As an adult, losing a tooth is not so much fun. Having a full set of teeth goes beyond mere cosmetics; it helps ensure that you are able to chew your food, speak, and drink liquids normally. When one or more of your teeth is missing, all of that changes.
The good news is that we can fabricate a new dental bridge to help restore your ability to eat, speak, and drink properly.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a type of structure used for the replacement of missing teeth. A bridge is constructed with false teeth attached to a dental framework. The framework is made of metal or ceramic for added strength, and materials like porcelain to provide a natural look. Dental bridges are cemented on the two teeth nearest the gap.
What should I expect when getting a dental bridge?
Being fitted with a new dental bridge means you will require at least two dental appointments.
- During your first appointment, preparations will be made for the teeth nearest the gap.
- Your second appointment is for bridge cementation. So we will be actually putting your bridge into place and securing it.
- The third visit is an optional one that is only required if your bridge needs an adjustment for proper fitting.
After receiving local anesthesia to ensure your comfort, your dentist will reduce the teeth nearest the gap. This allows for the placement of a dental crown on top, which will anchor your new dental bridge.
We then create a cast of your teeth, which provides the dental laboratory with a model that lets them know how your teeth fit together, as well as their size and shape. The lab will use this cast to manufacture your new dental bridge.
Between Your Two Dental Visits
You will be sent home with a covering over the prepared teeth to protect them. Before your second appointment, a dental laboratory will be constructing your dental bridge.
After your dental bridge has been manufactured to provide a perfect match to the created model of your teeth, you will return for a second dental appointment.
During your second visit, we will actually cement your new dental bridge by carefully placing and adjusting it until you have a comfortable fit. Once you are satisfied that the fit is as comfortable as possible, we will use a special resin for bonding the dental crowns to your natural teeth.
Please let us know if your dental bridge is not comfortable because an uncomfortable dental bridge can cause biting discomfort, unnecessary tooth stress and in more extreme cases lead to infections.
Make Your Appointment
If you have a missing tooth, schedule an appointment with our dental office for a consultation. Dental bridges are a treatment choice that restores your ability to eat, speak, and drink normally, as well as offering a self-confidence boost for anyone who regrets the loss of a tooth.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out and text me directly at (316) 799-8014. Even if you're not my patient, I am here to help however I can!
Thanks for your support
- Dr. Houlik
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