A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth and restore function and appearance of your smile. The dentists of North Pointe Dental Associates offer several different types of dental bridges to their Tampa patients and work closely with you and the dental lab to fabricate the best restoration for your mouth. A bridge or dental implants are necessary for individuals who are missing teeth, as missing teeth can cause a slew of oral health problems and lead to shifting of the teeth, change in bite, speech impediments, gum disease, and even TMJ problems.
A dental bridge is a permanent restoration that will allow you to eat and speak comfortably, and smile with confidence. Once placed, a dental bridge cannot be removed. Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell will recommend the best type of bridge and material for you based on your oral health, aesthetic goals, lifestyle and other factors.
Using a Dental Bridge to Restore Your Teeth
Prior to receiving your dental bridge, Dr. Pross, Dr. Kanter or Dr B. Tindell and Dr M. Tindell with closely examine your mouth and recommend the best type of dental bridge. Dental bridges can be fabricated using a combination of porcelain and metal, porcelain and gold, or other durable, metal-free materials.
A dental bridge is comprised of one or more false teeth called pontics, which are connected by retainers. The retainers sit on the abutment teeth, the natural teeth that support the dental bridge on either side.
After taking X-rays and impressions of the treatment area, the surrounding teeth are prepared to support the bridge. The impressions are sent to their on-location Dental Lab, where a lab technician fabricates the restoration. A temporary bridge is placed in the mouth while the permanent bridge is being fabricated. The entire treatment is performed under local anesthesia and patients must return a second time to have their permanent bridge fitted and cemented.
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