Losing one or more teeth can be an embarrassing ordeal, one that causes you to want to hide your smile. However, tooth loss can also impact your oral health, increasing the risk of misalignment, as well as TMJ disorder or bruxism. Fortunately, we can help replace lost teeth with a lifelike dental bridge. Do you have questions about dental bridges?
Question: What is a bridge?
Answer: This is a prosthetic that replaces one to three teeth in a row. The replacement tooth, or pontic, has a crown on either end. The crowns anchor the new tooth/teeth in place. Patients can then enjoy a full smile and eat without difficulty. In addition, the prosthetic will prevent misalignment and other complications related to tooth loss.
Question: What are they made from?
Answer: We use porcelain or zirconia to create very powerful yet lifelike replacement teeth. They can withstand bite forces and other pressures teeth must endure. In addition, we can shade the new teeth to ensure they blend with your smile.
Question: What does placement involve?
Answer: First, we must prepare the teeth on either side of the gap. Then we take detailed impressions. After your prosthetic is completed you will return to the office. We will place the crowns with a powerful bonding agent. The prosthetic is then held firmly in place. However, we can also place dental implants to secure the new teeth without affecting other natural teeth.
Question: How long will my prosthetic last?
Answer: With proper care and attention you can expect your new teeth to last for between 10 and 15 years on average. We will provide detailed instructions on caring for your prosthetic. If you have any questions about dental bridges or our other replacement options, then please contact our office today.