We can lose teeth to a number of factors, such as injury or periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. In order to replace missing teeth and prevent further complications, your Independence, MO, dentist may suggest a crown and bridge. In our latest blog, we look at how we create and place them in as little as one visit. By replacing your missing teeth, we can help you enjoy whole and beautiful smiles!
How Does a Bridge Work?
A dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap between your missing teeth. The prosthetic consists of the new tooth or teeth, known as pontics, with dental crowns attached to each end. The dentist will remove structure from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, placing the crowns non them to secure your new ones firmly. The prosthetic can address between one and three missing teeth in a row and with proper care and attention, last as long as 10 to 15 years before requiring adjustment or replacement.
In the past, placement meant one visit to prep your smile and gather detailed impressions, and then a follow-up to receive your completed prosthetic. However, we can now complete the entire process in a single visit. After we prepare the teeth and remove tooth structure from them, we will take impressions using digital imaging technology. No need to bite down on metal molds filled with sticky material. We use the images to create a 3D model, uploading the information into the CEREC CAD/CAM machine, which mills the finished product onsite. We then check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, and place the completed prosthetic with a powerful bonding agent! You leave our office with a whole and healthy smile, one that is designed to blend with your smile seamlessly.
The Benefits of Addressing Tooth Loss
Addressing your tooth loss prevents surrounding teeth from drifting, which can happen when gaps appear in the smile. This keeps misalignment from forming, protecting your teeth from a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Treatment also restores bite balance, lowering the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism, which often develops post-tooth loss. You will have an easier time speaking and eating, and once again enjoy a beautiful smile. If you have any questions about addressing your missing teeth, then please contact our team today.
Addressing Your Lost Teeth
If you have between one and three lost teeth in a row, then you may need to receive a lifelike prosthetic. For more information on our dental bridges, then schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Kansas City, Grain Valley, and all surrounding communities.