Smile Brighter With Dental Bridges
Losing a tooth can be an unsettling event, but the aftermath can also be challenging. A lost tooth can affect everything from your smile to your ability to chew your food to changes in your facial structure.
Fixed dental bridges can fill these missing spaces and significantly reduce complications. McDonogh Dental in Owings Mills, MD, has a team of experienced dentists who offer a full range of dental services, including dental bridges.
Why Would One Need Dental Bridges?
Fixed bridges are a type of dental prosthetic composed of crowns and a fake tooth (or teeth ) that are attached to anchor teeth- filling the area of the missing tooth/teeth. These prostheses literally “bridge the gap” between teeth, improving your smile. Fixed bridges are a cost-effective way to quickly replace missing teeth, without having to deal with taking something in and out of your mouth like a denture.
You may need a bridge to give your lips and cheeks support. Missing teeth can also cause neighboring teeth to shift over time, leading to unnecessary stress to the gums and a change in one’s bite.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Besides enhancing your smile, dental bridges have additional benefits, including:
- Improve Chewing and Biting: When you lose a tooth, you may experience discomfort, pain, or a lack of bite force. Food particles can traumatize the exposed gums, resulting in pain, but bridges fill the gap, allowing you to enjoy your meals without discomfort.
- Quick Treatment: In many cases, you can receive your bridge in a few weeks. It can take up to six months or more to receive teeth supported by dental implants, making dental bridges a quicker alternative.
- Better Speech: Depending on the location of your missing tooth, you may have a problem pronouncing some words. Dental bridges address the issue of tooth loss and will help assist with proper pronunciation.
How Dentists Fabricate Dental Bridges
It can take at least two appointments to complete a fixed bridge. First, a dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to create enough room to accommodate the bridge. Once completed, they will digitally scan the teeth or take an impression of the teeth to make an accurate model of the teeth -which is sent to the dental lab.
At the first appointment, the dentist will place a temporary bridge over the anchor teeth. When the permanent bridge is returned from the lab, the temporary bridge is removed, and the permanent bridge is tried to assure it fits perfectly. Once the patient approves the fit and appearance, the bridge is cemented into place with a dental adhesive selected by the dentist.
Choose McDonogh Dental for Your Dental Bridges Today
Don’t let a missing tooth get you down! Turn to McDonogh Dental for quality fixed dental bridges. Our professional dental team provides various cosmetic and restorative services, so schedule a consultation with us today to discuss your options.