If you have a gap in your smile because you’ve lost a tooth either to damage or infection, a dental bridge can help fill in that gap. Leaving a gap in the teeth is not just a cosmetic issue, but can affect the alignment of the remaining teeth, allowing them to shift along the gum line and possibly even rotate. Fixing the gap with a dental bridge from your Raleigh, NC dentist prevents this from happening and retains your facial structure.
A bridge is a dental device made of gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain and uses the remaining teeth as anchors that support the replacement tooth (or teeth, if several teeth are missing).
To place a bridge, the abutment teeth (the anchors) must first be prepared. The teeth on either side of the gap must be shaped in order to be fitted for a crown. This requires a portion of the teeth to be shaved down to make room for the crown. Alternatively, an implant can be placed to support the bridge. Once the teeth have been prepared, an impression will be taken of the teeth which are sent to a dental lab where the bridge will be created. It will take a few weeks for the bridge to be ready, during which time you will be fitted with a temporary bridge in order to protect the abutments as well as the exposed gum area. Once the permanent bridge comes back from the dental lab, you will need to return to the dentist office to have the temporary bridge removed and the permanent one attached, which may require some adjustments.
With proper care, a dental bridge can last ten years or more. If your dental bridge should become damaged or need replacing, make another visit to Dr. Thurmond’s office for repairs.