Missing teeth can present several problems. Besides inhibiting your ability to speak and eat comfortably, they also affect your appearance, which can make some people feel self-conscious. An effective solution to replacing missing teeth is with a dental bridge, a dental prosthetic that can be found at WellSmiles in Houston.
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that is custom-made to fit in a patient’s mouth where teeth have been lost. They are anchored onto the neighboring natural teeth and “bridge” the gap with one or more replacement teeth to restore both the appearance and function to a smile.
After a tooth or teeth have been lost, the remaining teeth can shift along the gumline and move into the empty space. This can eventually change your bite, leading to an uneven distribution of biting forces on the remaining teeth and increased wear on them. Additionally, after a tooth has been lost, the bone that once supported the tooth is no longer stimulated and can start to recede. If this happens, the bone loss can affect your facial structure, giving you a much older appearance.
Dental bridges generally require at least two visits to be successfully placed. During your first appointment at WellSmiles, the teeth that will be acting as anchors will be prepared. They will be fitted to support a dental crown, which will require them to be shaved down a small portion to make room for the crown to fit. Once they are the right size and shape, your dentist will make an impression of those teeth and the gap. Images can also be taken of the teeth for more accurate measurements. A dental laboratory will use this information to create the bridge. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge at the end of this first appointment to keep the prepared teeth protected.
After the permanent bridge is completed, you will return to our office to have the temporary bridge removed. Your dentist will place the permanent bridge to check the fit and make adjustments as needed before cementing into place.
If you have missing teeth and are looking for a good option for replacing them, a dental bridge may be your answer. WellSmiles can provide you with a high-quality bridge to restore your smile in Houston.