Many people wonder how a cosmetic dentist can help restore their smile after an accident or having a tooth fall out. Millions of people are in accidents every year and whether it’s a car wreck or workplace injury, teeth can become damaged fairly easily. When this happens the dentist will try to save the tooth by using restorative dental procedures. If that doesn’t work the tooth may need to be replaced.
The majority of the adult population will lose a tooth at some point in their life. This can be due to an accident, poor oral hygiene, a lack of dental care, or simply old age. When a tooth falls out or is removed there are options for replacing it and a dental bridge is one of them. This is a non-surgical solution for replacing missing teeth and one that our dentist provides on a regular basis.
A dental bridge is a solution implemented by a cosmetic dentist when a patient does not want to have surgery or wear dentures. While dentures have been around for hundreds of years, they don’t feel like a natural tooth and must be taken out to be cleaned and soaked on a daily basis. This creates a level of inconvenience that people with an active lifestyle may not want. Fortunately, there are both surgical and non-surgical solutions that are permanent.
If you are considering using a dental bridge to replace a tooth, here is how it is done:
Evaluation and consultation. Our dentist will examine your existing teeth and gums to determine if the two teeth surrounding the missing tooth are strong enough to support a dental bridge. This is an important step because a bridge cannot stand on its own.
A mold is made of your mouth. In order to have the bridge created a mold needs to be taken of your mouth so that the dental lab has the right dimensions for the space.
The bridge is created in a lab. A dental lab will create the dental bridge. It is comprised of three main parts: two crowns and the new synthetic tooth. All three will be made to match your existing teeth perfectly in both size and shape.
Installation. Our cosmetic dentist, our dentist will install the bridge by placing a dental crown on the two teeth next to the missing one. The bridge and synthetic tooth are attached to the crowns as part of the total solution. The crowns hold the new tooth in place.
The result of this procedure is a natural looking and durable replacement tooth. Instead of wearing dentures that need to come out daily, a dental bridge stays in place permanently. The main requirement is that the structure of the surrounding teeth needs to be intact. If not, they will be unable to support the bridge long-term. When this is the case dental implants are a more viable solution.
To learn more about how a dental bridge is created or how our dentist can improve your smile, call and schedule a consultation today.
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