If you deal with tooth loss, you know how challenging it can be just to get through the day. Regardless of how you lost a tooth, you may feel ashamed or embarrassed. You have to deal with an apparent gap in your smile, and you have had to give up a lot of your favorite foods because it hurts when you eat.
But dentists today deal with tooth loss every day and understand the impact it has. Fortunately, updated materials, techniques, provide several solutions for replacing teeth including dental bridges.
How a Dental Bridge Works
Dental bridges have stood the test of time as an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth. A bridge is a prosthetic that fills the gap in your smile with an artificial tooth, allowing you to eat, speak, and chew comfortably again.
Bridges are typically made as a three-piece unit; the artificial tooth (pontic) is suspended between two crowns that are attached to anchor teeth on either side. The process for placing a dental bridge involves two or three appointments.
First, your dentist needs to reshape the anchor teeth to allow the crowns to fit properly. Next, impressions are taken of your teeth and are used to create your temporary bridge and then sent to a custom dental lab that creates your final restoration.
When your new bridge is ready, your dentist will arrange another appointment to have the crown placed. The restoration is checked for proper fit, adjusted to fit your bite, and cemented securely in place.
With proper care, your new bridge will last as long as 15 years.
Please Call Pruce Dental for An Appointment
If you are looking for a tooth replacement, please call us to arrange a consultation. We will be happy to evaluate your needs and help you decide if dental bridges in Washington, PA are an appropriate solution for you.