Missing teeth can cause problems when chewing, as well as be an embarrassment when smiling. They allow the movement of teeth around them, or drifting, which can impact the alignment of the bite and cause other issues.
A dental bridge can be utilized to correct the problem by eliminating the space between the remaining healthy teeth. The first step is to place a crown on each of the surrounding teeth. Then a “false” tooth is attached to the crowns and cemented in as one piece, effectively “bridging” or filling in the gap.
There are other types of bridges too, including “cantilever” bridges which are used in cases where there is only one tooth remaining beside the space. The other main type of bridge used is the “Maryland” or the Resin-bonded bridge. Often used on front teeth, the false tooth is attached to two “wings” that are cemented to the back of the neighboring teeth. This involves less shaping of the natural teeth already.
Most dental bridges can be completed with two visits with Dr. McCray. After your first visit, you will leave with a temporary bridge while the lab creates your permanent dental bridge. On your second visit, the bridge will be adjusted and cemented in place. Your bridges will be matched to the color of your existing teeth, to ensure they blend in with your mouth.
With proper care dental bridges last five to fifteen years or longer. It is important to floss under the bridge just as you would between your teeth to keep your gums healthy. Special floss is made just for this purpose. The benefits of dental bridges are many, including a restored smile!
If you think you could benefit from a dental bridge, call Diley Ridge Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jim McCray to discuss your options. Dr. McCray and his team make it a priority to inform their patients of treatment plan options, and make decisions with their patients on how best to move forward.