Many patients will lose at least one tooth during their lifetime. This can happen as a result of disease, injury, or poor oral hygiene. While a missing can tooth can look unattractive, it can also cause misalignment of the remaining teeth. As leading providers of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. David Edelson can provide patients with dental bridges in Plainville, CT to replace missing teeth.
A dental bridge is a type of cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves suspending a prosthetic tooth between two natural teeth. This can close the gap left by a missing tooth and enhance the appearance of your smile. It can also help prevent your tongue and cheeks from sinking in and aging your appearance. In addition to making your smile more attractive, a dental bridge can also stop your teeth from shifting out of place. When teeth shift out of place, it can prevent your jaw from closing properly, which often causes tension and pain throughout the head, neck, and face.
Placing a dental bridge is a relatively simple cosmetic dentistry procedure that usually requires three office visits. During your first visit, the two teeth adjacent to the space will need to be prepared to receive the supporting, or abutment, crowns. This means removing some of the enamel from each tooth so that the crowns can fit comfortably. Once the teeth have been reshaped, impressions of the area will be made and used to manufacture your bridge. While the bridge is being created, you will be given a temporary prosthetic to wear in the meantime.
During your second visit, your gums will be examined to make certain that they are in good health. Healthy tissue helps to ensure that the cement will successfully hold your bridge in place. If the gum tissue was not healthy enough at your first visit, then the impression for the permanent bridge will be taken at this time. Finally, during the third visit, we will try in your bridge to confirm that it fits properly. If it does, then we will permanently cement it in place for you!
Dental bridges are an excellent way to replace missing teeth while enhancing your smile. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry such as dental bridges in Plainville, CT, contact Dr. Edelson and schedule your consultation today!