If you’ve had a tooth that’s fallen out or been removed, a fixed dental bridge a good choice to fill the space.
A missing tooth can impact your confidence and willingness to smile.
Smiling is pretty powerful: it makes us more attractive, changes our mood, relieves stress, boosts immune system, lowers blood pressure and more.
The replacement for the missing tooth has a unique name: pontic. This pontic which is the middle of the bridge serves to fill the gap created by the missing tooth.
Why would someone consider a dental bridge?
- Spaces left by missing teeth affect the rest of your smile and the shape of your face.
- Gaps left by missing teeth can potentially lead to speaking ability, chewing problems, shifting teeth, a poor bite, and potential tooth decay and gum disease.
- Considering a dental bridge is also an upgrade from a partial denture.
If you choose a dental bridge, here’s what you can expect:
A dental bridge procedure typically takes two or more visits. More visits may be required if you have more than one missing tooth.
- During your first appointment, Dr. Brucken or Dr. Stubbs will prepare your two anchoring teeth for the bridge. Next, precise impressions of your teeth will be taken to send to the dental laboratory that will create your unique dental bridge. Until your permanent dental bridge is in place, you may need to wear a temporary tooth bridge until your next dental visit.
- At your second appointment, we will place your permanent dental bridge after carefully fitting it to your mouth and checking it for durability. Dr. Brucken or Dr. Stubbs will then cement the permanent dental bridge in place and give you careful instructions for the care and use of your new dental bridge.
Don’t let missing teeth keep you from a confident smile. A dental bridge can help and is a great solution for safeguarding the integrity of your existing teeth and helping you keep a healthy smile.
Dr. Randall Brucken and Dr. Lawrence Stubbs are here to help you decide whether a dental bridge is the best for your missing tooth or teeth.