Dental Bridges Treatment Process
By J. Brent Gorrell on April 18, 2012
A missing tooth in a young child is adorable, but the same cannot be said for adults. It is not “cute” to experience the loss of permanent teeth. Patients experiencing the loss of one or more teeth commonly become self-conscious because of their smiles. Palo Alto cosmetic dentist J. Brent Gorrell believes a smile should never take away from your self-confidence, but rather empower you. Instead of empowerment, the majority of our patients with one or more missing teeth experience feelings of insecurity when smiling. Missing teeth not only detract from the beauty of your smile, but talking and eating often become difficult. Not only does tooth loss affect the structures of the remaining natural teeth, but gum disease is more prevalent in patients with missing teeth. Over time the teeth will shift because of the gap created by the missing tooth. If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, a dental bridge is a treatment that can effectively restore your smile.
Traditional Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are made up of one to three artificial teeth supported by a dental crown on either end. Dental crowns are affixed to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap created by the missing teeth. The crowns “bridge” the gap. Dental bridges restore the function and aesthetics of the smile, while preventing further bone loss and the shifting of teeth. When cemented into place, traditional dental bridges cannot be removed.
Traditional Dental Bridges: Treatment Process
The entire dental bridge treatment process normally requires two visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, a mild anesthetic is administered to ensure that you are comfortable. Then, the abutment teeth are prepared for the placement of the dental crowns. This process involves removing portions of the enamel on each abutment tooth to make room for the dental crowns. Next, impressions of your teeth are made. These impressions will be a model from which the bridge, crowns, and artificial teeth will be made. Finally, a temporary bridge is placed to protect the teeth and gums while the bridge is being made in a laboratory. Once the bridge has been made in a laboratory, the permanent dental crown may be placed. This takes place during the second dental visit. After the temporary dental bridge has been removed, the permanent dental bridge is fitted into place. During this time, we will check the fit and bite and make any necessary adjustments. The dental bridge is then permanently cemented in place.
Traditional Dental Bridges: Dental Implants
Our Palo Alto dental implants provide unparalleled support for dental bridges. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed directly into the jawbone. These posts act as anchor for dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures, while replacing the natural roots of the missing teeth. Once the jawbone has grown over the implant, a dental bridge may be attached. The dental bridge is attached below the gumline. The combination of the dental implants and dental bridge provide the most natural-looking and secure replacement for missing teeth available today.
Contact Cosmetic Dentist J. Brent Gorrell, D.D.S. Today
To learn more about dental bridges and dental implants, please contact cosmetic dentist J. Brent Gorrell, D.D.S. today.
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