All teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Whether by accident, decay, or age, tooth loss happens.
However, if you lose permanent teeth, the Dr. Yeh and Associates team strongly suggest replacing them to maintain proper alignment and function of the mouth. Fortunately, there are many cosmetic dentistry options for correcting tooth loss, including dental bridges.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may know their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions, from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it isn’t easy to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced.
Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
A bridge, a device used to replace missing teeth, attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Typically, dental bridges are permanently attached (fixed bridges) to the teeth. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing dental crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
Usually, the teeth bridge attachment procedure takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, our team prepares the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel (surface of the teeth).
Since the dental bridge must be fabricated precisely to ensure the correct bite and match the opposing tooth, our dental team takes impressions of the teeth and sends them to our trusted dental laboratory, where the bridge will be constructed.
When the dental bridge returns from the laboratory, we cement the bridge to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. Dental crowns cemented onto the natural teeth provide support for the bridge.
A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. After the dental bridge procedure, your smile should look much fuller
Tooth loss forces unusual stresses on the teeth, gums, and other oral structures. Therefore, we suggest wearing a dental bridge to improve oral functionality and appearance. Are you’re looking for dental bridges near Verona, Bloomfield, or surrounding areas, look no further. Book your next dental appointment at Dr. Yeh and Associates by calling (973) 338-9595 or messaging us online.
Additionally, feel free to read through our frequently asked questions about dental bridges (and make sure to write and down and bring your other questions to your next dental appointment at our Montclair, NJ, dental office):