Dental Bridge Overview
Are you someone who has lost one or more adult teeth? If so, you have lost a percentage of your ability to chew with each tooth lost and not replaced. Additionally, allowing gaps in your smile increases the risks of shifting, which is when remaining teeth loosen because of the loss of another tooth. This is why patients of Boss Dental Care in Corpus Christi, TX, are encouraged to consider the use of a dental bridge.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a lot like they sound – a bridge of artificial teeth that span a gap. They may be used to replace a single tooth, but can also fill in for a short series of teeth that have been lost to decay or damage too. They are a fantastic approach to restorative dentistry because a dental bridge holds the remaining teeth in place, and can do so for a remarkably long period of time.
As your restorative dentist, we will work with you to determine if the dental bridge is the right solution. We will do a full exam, and address any general or preventative dentistry needs. After that, we will assess the remaining teeth to ensure they are strong and healthy enough to support the bridge.
This is key, because a bridge relies on two permanent teeth at either end, and these teeth work as abutments. They will hold the bridge in place and allow it to work just as dependably as the original teeth. Those two abutment teeth will be treated with dental crowns to ensure they do not sustain damage or wear, and this is why they must be truly healthy teeth.
When you visit us as your restorative dentist in Corpus Christi, we will be able to prepare the dental bridge in two visits. The first will prepare the abutment teeth for crowns and we will then make proper molds from which the dental bridge is created. We fit you with a temporary bridge and send you home. When the new appliance arrives, you come in for a short visit, and your dental bridge is cemented in place. You will need regular cleanings to ensure the best results, but a bridge can truly last a lifetime.
Contact Our Dentist in Corpus Christi for Dental Bridges
If you have additional questions about a dental bridge, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Corpus Christi, TX office at 361-992-7551. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.