Tooth loss, even if you only lose a single tooth, affects every part of your life. No matter if you lose a tooth as a result of gum disease or facial trauma if the tooth falls out on its own or you require an extraction. It is important that you replace the tooth as soon as possible. At Raptou Family Dental, we can provide a replacement for a missing tooth with a bridge.
The Many Effects of Tooth Loss
Tooth loss causes many issues:
What Is a Bridge?
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration designed to replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. It is often used to replace a single tooth. There are a few different types of bridges, including cantilever, Maryland, and fixed. Fixed bridges are the most common type of bridge used. This particularly fixed restoration consists of a replacement tooth, which fills the empty space left behind by your missing tooth, and two dental crowns. The crowns sit one on each side of the replacement tooth. They are made to sit over the adjacent healthy teeth, which are referred to as the abutment teeth. The crowns anchor the bridge securely into place.
How Is a Bridge Placed?
The process for placing a bridge typically takes two appointments to complete. During your first appointment, we prepare the abutment teeth. This process, done under a local anesthetic, involves removing enamel from each abutment tooth. This is necessary for ensuring that your crowns fit properly over your abutment teeth and that your bridge sits naturally, and comfortably, in with the rest of your teeth. After the teeth have been prepared, we then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our dental lab, and a temporary bridge is placed. This temporary restoration protects your abutment teeth while you wait for your final fixed bridge to be created.
It can take up to two weeks for your bridge to be completed and sent back. Once it is ready, you return for your second appointment. At this appointment, we remove the temporary restoration and check your customized bridge for fit and bite. If it is comfortable and there are no adjustments needed, it is bonded into place on your abutment teeth with dental cement.
Experience the Benefits of a Bridge
A bridge offers several benefits:
If you have suffered the loss of a tooth, no matter if it can be seen when you smile, or it is toward the back of your mouth, it is important that you have that tooth replaced as soon as possible. Call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449 to find out if the bridge is right solution for you.