We all want to be able to use our natural teeth for as long as possible. However, issues can arise when teeth are lost, whether it is due to tooth decay or oral injury. If this happens, there are several options available for replacing lost teeth. If the gap in the teeth is not easily visible, you might consider not doing anything about it at all. This may not be the best idea because missing teeth can have effects that you are not aware of. One available solution is dental bridges, which you can find at Brunswick Smiles in Monmouth Junction, NJ.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that is fitted onto the teeth to replace teeth that have been lost. It consists of two basic parts – the pontic, which is the false tooth or teeth that is attached to the abutment teeth, usually via a dental crown.
Having missing teeth can have several consequences. The most obvious consequence is that it can take away from your appearance. It can also hinder your ability to speak and affect what foods you can enjoy. Even if you do not experience these effects, missing teeth can lead to bone loss and premature aging as the shape of the face changes. Additionally, the teeth can change their position along the gum line and move into the empty space, altering your bite. By utilizing a dental bridge, you can avoid these effects.
The procedure for having a dental bridge made and placed at Brunswick Smiles is relatively simple, though it will take at least two appointments. Your dentist will first need to prepare the teeth that will be used as the abutment teeth. These teeth neighbor the gap and will support the dental bridge. They will be shaved down a small portion and have an impression taken. The impression will be used to create a dental bridge. A temporary bridge will be fitted over the prepared teeth to keep them protected until your next visit.
Once the permanent bridge has been completed (at a dental laboratory), you will return for your second appointment to have the temporary bridge removed and replaced. It may take a few additional appointments in Monmouth, NJ, to have adjustments made to the bridge to achieve the perfect fit.