Missing teeth affect your ability to chew and to speak. Gaps attract stares. You may stop smiling, just to avoid answering questions. A bridge can fill the gap between your healthy teeth and improve your oral health.
In fact, bridging those gaps can actually prevent future tooth damage and oral pain.
A bridge is a permanent dental prosthesis. Two crowns, one on either side, support one or more prosthetic teeth that rest against your gums. The bridge is constructed from modern ceramics that look and feel like natural teeth. It’s as strong, or stronger than your other teeth.
A well-designed bridge gives you a surface for chewing and speaking. It will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and restore the beauty of your smile. After the bridge is placed, you can resume your normal eating and oral hygiene habits. Because they reduce pain and improve function, many insurance plans will cover dental bridges to replace missing teeth.
To create a bridge, your dentist must prepare the teeth on either side of the gap to receive crowns. Then he uses digital imaging and design software to create a bridge that will match the look of your other teeth. You’ll need temporary crowns on the two anchor teeth until the bridge comes in.
After the lab makes the bridge, your dentist will attach the bridge to your teeth. Once you leave the office, you can resume your normal life, though it may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your new prosthesis.
A bridge is an excellent way to restore the function of missing teeth. If you’ve lost teeth and need a Flint dentist to replace them, call Kitt Dental at 903-561-4477. Dr. Parris Kitt can design the bridge you need.