About Dental Bridges
By placing two dental crowns on either side of one or more missing teeth, they can be used to anchor additional prosthetic teeth to literally “bridge” the gap in someone’s smile, restoring balance to the bite.
The Easiest Way to Get Rid of Gaps
When you have a gap in your smile due to one or more missing teeth, a porcelain bridge is a solution that can give you back your flawless smile. Porcelain bridges literally "bridge the gap" in your smile, restoring your oral health and appearance at the same time. At our dental office, Dr. Hamlett and Dr. La Mastra use their artistic touch and the highest quality materials to create bridges that both look great and are built to stand the test of time.
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How Dental Bridges Work
A porcelain bridge utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as its support structure. Dr. Hamlett and Dr. La Mastra will prepare porcelain crowns for the teeth on each side of the gap. Then, a lifelike, prosthetic tooth will be positioned between those crowns and held in place on your gum line. The bridge looks natural and can prevent future problems with the look and function of your teeth.
A porcelain crown is a fixture that caps teeth and is bonded to the healthy teeth to attach the bridge. Before the crowns are placed, Dr. Hamlett and Dr. La Mastra will have to prepare the teeth for the crowns to be received.
Why Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges?
Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay, or simply wear results in the loss of a tooth. A large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if it isn't corrected. Over time your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to shift and move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more problems down the road.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
All restorations including a dental bridge should be cared for as if they were your natural teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and regular dental checkups will ensure that the life of your restoration will last as long as possible. Practicing good oral hygiene allows you to prevent the onset of plaque build-up and is the best way to avoid gum disease.
Don't let a gap in your teeth ruin your smile and cause discomfort. Ask Dr. Hamlett or Dr. La Mastra which solution is right for you. Patients looking for more permanent restorations should also consult Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra about dental implants, a safe and effective tooth loss solution.