If you have lost one or more teeth in a row, you might try to just live with it, or you can try to replace those missing teeth. A dental bridge is a very good option to restore the function and appearance of teeth that have been lost. At Summit Woods Family Dental Care, you can get dental bridges in Jackson, MI that look good and feel good.
Like dentures, a dental bridge is a prosthetic that is designed to look and perform like real teeth. Instead of sitting on the gums, however, they rely on the neighboring teeth and are anchored to them via a dental crown. While dentures are used if an entire line of teeth has been lost, a dental bridge is a good option if most of the teeth are remaining on the gums.
When teeth are lost, there are several consequences besides just not being able to eat comfortably anymore. If the gap is left untreated, the remaining teeth can shift position along the gum line, which can eventually also change your bite. A dental bridge prevents this from happening by filling in that gap. It is also effective for restoring your ability to eat and enjoy your favorite foods and to speak comfortably again. Finally, restoring the lost teeth with a dental bridge helps to prevent bone loss from the area where the teeth were lost, which can help you to retain your regular facial structure.
You will need to make at least two visits to our dentistry near you in Jackson, MI to have a bridge placed. The first part of the procedure consists of getting the abutment teeth (that support the bridge) prepared. Your dentist will remove a small portion of these teeth to prepare them to be fitted for a crown. An impression will then be taken of the prepared teeth and the gap.
The dental bridge will be created in a dental laboratory. While you are waiting for it to be completed, your dentist will put a temporary bridge in place. The permanent bridge will be cemented onto the abutment teeth, and adjustments can be made as needed to complete the procedure at Summit Woods Family Dental Care.