While your teeth are incredibly strong and stable, they can still suffer significant damage or decay that can lead to tooth loss. You might lose a tooth due to a facial injury, such as a fall or sports injury. Severe decay or damage can lead to the need for a tooth extraction. Losing even just one tooth can lead to several significant issues, all of which can impact your quality of life. At Winning Smile Dental Group, we can replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge.
What Happens When I Lose a Tooth?
Tooth loss affects your entire life. Losing even a single tooth leads to issues such as:
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a common restoration for replacing a single missing tooth anywhere in your mouth. This particular type of restoration can be used to replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. There are a few types of dental bridges, including cantilever bridges, Maryland or resin bonded bridges, and fixed bridges. Fixed bridges are the most commonly used bridges for replacing a missing tooth. It consists of a pontic tooth, or a replacement tooth, that fills in the empty space in your mouth. The pontic tooth has a dental crown on each side. The crowns are used to attach the bridge in place. These crowns sit over the adjacent teeth, or abutment teeth, anchoring the restoration securely in place.
Getting Your Dental Bridge
Getting a dental bridge typically takes two appointments. At your first appointment, the abutment teeth are prepared. Much like preparing your teeth for restorative crowns, this process involves removing a portion of the enamel from each tooth to reduce them in size. Making the abutment teeth smaller ensures that your bridge will fit naturally, and comfortably, into place. After your teeth have been prepared, we then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent off to our dental lab, where the bridge is designed and fabricated.
Your second appointment occurs after the bridge has been sent back. During this appointment, we check your dental bridge for fit, bite, and comfort. We also make sure that it blends in with the rest of your smile. If everything looks good and no adjustments are needed, we bond the bridge into place on the abutment teeth with special dental cement.
Why Should I Get a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges provide several significant benefits. Benefits of a bridge include:
If you have suffered the loss of a tooth, it is important that you have it replaced as soon as possible. For more information on dental bridges, and to find out if a dental bridge is the right solution, call Winning Smile Dental Group at (224) 307-4977 to schedule your consultation today.