Need Dental Bridges?
While you may think that losing a tooth or two is not that big of a deal, the truth is tooth loss, irrespective of how insignificant the loss may seem, will have a large impact on your life on a daily basis. Missing teeth will affect how you chew food, something that could actually lead to digestive problems and how nutrients are absorbed. Missing teeth could also impede your speech since air will flow move more freely within your mouth. A missing tooth/teeth, especially one that’s visible, could affect your appearance and could leave you feeling more self-conscious. We, at Family Dentistry of South Florida, care about the state and health of your mouth and want you to enjoy unparalleled dental well-being and happiness. In pursuit of this, we offer reliable restoration dental solutions that should resolve any missing tooth problems. One of that solution is replacing a missing tooth/teeth with dental bridges.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is an appliance used to replace missing teeth; it can also be used to replace one tooth. When it comes to bridges, the most common type is the fixed bridge. This bridge is often to fix pontic teeth or false teeth. The bridge is often fixed between crowns and is anchored on the surrounding abutment and healthy teeth. Another common bridge is the Maryland bridge, also known as the resin bridge which is used to attach pontic teeth to surrounding teeth by connecting metal wings to the other teeth. These appliances are normally made of ceramic as the material can be made to match the color of surrounding natural teeth. However, it is worth noting that they could also be made out of porcelain, metal, porcelain fused to metal or gold.
How Does Getting Dental Bridges Work?
Having bridges fixed normally requires two office visits. If you’re having a standard bridge fixed, the first visit will involve having the tooth filed or trimmed down around the two surrounding teeth where the crowns will be placed. Local anesthesia will be needed to help ease pain and discomfort. After that, an impression of your tooth will be taken. A color guide will then be used (that is if you are having ceramic bridge fixed) to match the color of your surrounding natural teeth. The color information and the impression taken are then sent off to a laboratory where a custom bridge is created. This process often takes about a week or two to complete. During the second visit, the bridge is tested for color, comfort, and fit before it is fixed into place.
At our dental practice, we employ the use of CEREC technology. This technology allows us to reduce the amount of time you have to wait to get a new bridge - by using CEREC technology; we can guarantee you that you will have your bridge fixed in place in just one visit! After preparing your abutment teeth, our dental experts will take a digital impression. It is this impression that the technology uses to create your customized bridge. This means that there’s no need for you to make a second visit to the dentist. At the same time, it means that the bridge created is more precise.
The Advantages Bridges Present
Replacing a missing tooth/teeth using a bridge(s) presents several benefits. They include:
• Improved speech
• Improved chewing without having to worry about food getting wedged in between teeth
• Smile restoration - your smile goes back to normal or is improved
• No more shifting of adjacent teeth into the empty space; something that may throw off your bite
Do not let missing teeth go untreated for a long time. You may think that it is not that big of a deal, but the effects of missing teeth could have on your dental well-being could be quite devastating. Call us and schedule a consultation with our closest office at Family Dentistry of South Florida today!
There are other restorative dental procedures, like tooth fillings to choose from.
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