Improperly spaced teeth can lead to complications, including tooth loss, when your teeth lack the support they need for healthy growth. If you have a space in your smile from the loss of one or multiple adjacent teeth, we can correct your smile with a dental bridge.
If you need to replace a missing tooth in Temple, TX, please call Lakewood Dental Trails to schedule a dental appointment to see if a bridge is the best choice for you.
Your Teeth Work Together
All of your teeth work together and rely on each other for support. A full mouth of properly aligned teeth ensures that each tooth remains straight and isn’t damaged from a neighboring tooth crowding into it. Spaces left behind after tooth loss lead to loosening of adjacent teeth from lack of support, which in turn puts you at risk for tooth or bone loss, cracks, chips, or even infection.
Dental bridges are prosthetic devices that use replacement teeth to fill a space between your natural teeth. We can use bridges if you are missing one or more teeth from the same area of your mouth. The function of the dental bridge is to literally “bridge” the gap between the missing teeth.
Building a Bridge to a Perfect Smile
Your Temple, TX dentist will begin your dental bridge treatment by taking an impression of your natural teeth. This will be used to form a mold to craft a natural-looking bridge that matches your smile. Since your bridge is supported by dental crowns, we may need to reshape teeth on either side of the gap to ensure a perfect fit for your new bridge. Before you leave our office that day, we will place a temporary bridge on the tooth to fill the gap while your permanent one is being made in our lab.
When you return to our dental office for your second appointment, the new permanent dental bridge will replace the temporary one. Your dentist will check and adjust as necessary to be certain that the fit is just right so you will have a perfectly formed bridge before you leave.
Our dental team will provide a thorough explanation of how to care for your new dental bridge. When the work is completed, you will be able to speak, chew, and smile with confidence.
Is a Dental Bridge the Right Solution for You?
We promise you will want to do a lot of smiling after getting your new dental bridge at our Temple, TX dental office! Dental bridges are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth, and we also offer dental implants and full and partial dentures.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or a member of your family.