If you are living with missing teeth in Glendale, AZ, you might be looking for a good option in tooth replacement. The answer for you could be having a dental bridge placed. This dental prosthetic is a popular and effective option for restoring teeth that have been lost. We are proud to offer this treatment at Dobra Dental.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that is usually fixed permanently in the mouth to replace teeth that have been lost. They can be used when one or more consecutive teeth are missing, but there are still natural teeth remaining that can support the bridge. The prosthetic is made up of a pontic, which is the actual tooth replacement, and the abutment teeth, which are usually covered with dental crowns. The type of bridge used for you will depend on the location of the gap in your smile and how many teeth are available to support the bridge.
If the gap in the teeth is not very big or very visible, some patients may dismiss the possibility of having the teeth replaced at all. This can have consequences on oral health, however. A gap in the teeth allows the remaining teeth to move around, which can change the overall bite and the wear on the teeth. Missing teeth can also affect facial structure, leading to a prematurely aged appearance. Having the teeth replaced not only restores function and appearance to the smile, but it prevents these effects from occurring.
At your first appointment at Dobra Dental, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by shaving them down to fit a dental crown. An impression will then be taken of the prepared teeth and the gap. The bridge will be made in a dental laboratory using this impression. At the end of this first appointment, a temporary bridge usually will be put in place to protect the prepared teeth. When the bridge has been completed, you will return to our dental office in Glendale, AZ, where your dentist will check for the fit of the bridge, make adjustments as necessary, and cement it into place to complete the treatment.