Rochester area dentist discusses the process of a tooth bridge
Missing teeth leave more than just a gap in your smile. They can have a major impact on the way you talk, eat, and look. The good news is that you don’t have to live with spaces between your teeth forever. Dental bridges can be an effective and affordable option for patients who want to restore their smiles after losing one or more teeth. With the help of the team at Dr. John Aurelia’s practice in Rochester Hills, patients are on their way back to smiling in no time with a tooth bridge.
Gaps between teeth that are left untreated can cause remaining teeth to shift out of place. This can impact bone structure in the mouth, making plaque removal more difficult and increasing your risk for decay. Bridges help patients regain the functionality and aesthetics of a natural smile that have been impacted by tooth loss. After placement of a bridge, patients can chew and speak with ease. Replacing missing teeth is important for the overall health of the mouth.
Dental bridges are artificial restorations that are held securely in place by the natural teeth on both sides of the missing teeth. A dental bridge is composed of an artificial tooth with dental crowns on top of the adjacent teeth.
When patients come to our office with missing teeth, we discuss the options for replacement. For our patients who would benefit from a bridge, we prepare the mouth for placement of the prosthetic. This includes shaping the teeth that are to receive dental crowns. Impressions are taken to design and create the bridge. A temporary bridge can be worn while waiting for the final restoration.
When patients come back for the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the final bridge is checked for fit and comfort. After that, it is cemented into place. Patients are sent home with instructions to care for their bridge in much the same way they do natural teeth – brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily (Dr. Aurelia provides instruction on how to floss under and around the bridge), and maintaining regular dental visits.
To learn more about the advantages of a tooth bridge, call our Rochester Hills office today at (248) 651-6810.