Losing a tooth as an adult is not the nostalgia-ridden event that you remember as a child. Tooth loss can have a negative effect on the health and appearance of your smile and can affect your self-esteem and the way you feel about your looks. Fortunately, there are options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Implants, dentures, and bridges are all ways that the team at Holistic Dental Centers in Raleigh can restore your smile. One of the most commonly chosen methods at our office is the dental bridge.
A simple way to understand a dental bridge is that it literally “bridges the gap” left behind by missing teeth. On either side of the gap are dental crowns or implants. An artificial tooth resides in the middle and fills in the space from a missing tooth.
The dental bridge procedure is simple and straightforward. It requires multiple appointments, so it is important to prepare accordingly.
During this appointment, you will receive a full evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for a dental bridge. Once you decide on a dental bridge, the preparation process can begin. The dentist will remove a thin portion of enamel from adjacent teeth to allow room for the dental crowns. Impressions are then taken and sent to a dental lab for custom fabrication. Each bridge is uniquely crafted for the individual to ensure a proper and natural looking fit. A temporary bridge is then placed.
Once your permanent bridge is ready, you will come in for a second appointment for placement. The bridge will be tested for comfort and fit. At this point, small adjustments can be made in the office before permanently adhering the crowns.
Caring for your dental bridge is the same as caring for natural teeth. Make sure to brush at least twice each day and don’t forget to floss. Losing a tooth can be traumatic, but it does not have to ruin your smile. Raleigh area patients can call Holistic Dental Centers today to learn more about dental bridges.