Missing teeth impact many aspects of your life. For starters, it makes eating and speaking difficult. In addition to that, it impacts the appearance of your smile, your facial structure, and can negatively impact your self-esteem. At Titus Dentistry in Middletown, IN, we offer a wide range of options for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges are one such restoration that has stood the test of time for its stability, functionality, and longevity.
How dental bridges work
Dental bridges fill in the gap that is left behind by missing teeth. They are composed of two main parts: the false teeth and dental crowns.
- Pontics- these false teeth are custom-made to look like natural teeth
- Dental Crowns – placed on top of healthy teeth adjacent to the gap and used to hold the bridge in place
There are a few different types of dental bridges that can be placed based on your individual situation. Some patients may opt for implant-supported bridges which are anchored in the jawbone and prevent bone deterioration from occurring. Implant bridges are the most stable system for replacing one or more missing teeth in a row
The dental bridge process
Getting a dental bridge requires several office appointments to complete. The process differs, depending on the type of bridge being placed. For a traditional bridge, the first appointment consists of preparing the teeth for crowns and taking impressions for fabrication of the bridge. A temporary bridge can be placed in order to preserve functionality and aesthetics while waiting for the final restoration. Once the bridge is ready, you can return to the office and we check the fit before permanently cementing it into place.
For implant-supported bridges, the first appointment consists of placing the implants into the jawbone and covering them up to allow for healing which can take several months. During the second visit, you will return to have the bridge attached to the implants.
At Titus Dentistry, we work with all our patients to determine which tooth replacement option is right for your individual situation. Whether it’s a traditional dental bridge or implant-supported bridge, we will ensure that your final restoration looks and feels natural. To learn more, call our Middletown, IN office at (765) 358-5868.