Protect your oral health with a dental bridge procedure in Middletown, IN
Missing teeth are more than a cosmetic nuisance. Fewer teeth to absorb chewing forces can cause extra wear and tear to your remaining teeth, and you may develop TMJ issues over time. Titus Dentistry in Middletown offers a dental bridge procedure to restore functionality to your mouth and improve the look of your smile. Dental bridges prevent wear and tear to your teeth and jaw, as well as prevent your teeth from shifting in your mouth.
Typically, bridges fill gaps by anchoring on to two adjacent teeth supported by dental crowns. Before designing your dental bridge, your teeth will need to be prepared for crowns by removing the outer layer of enamel and reshaping them. Next, impressions can be taken of your mouth and a dental lab will design your bridge.
For patients at risk of losing more teeth, or for those that have missing teeth in different parts of the arch, Dr. Titus may recommend partial dentures instead. He will evaluate your oral health and help you determine the best treatment for replacing your missing teeth during your initial consultation.
Bridges supported by Dental Implants
The process for an implant-supported dental bridge takes a little longer, but it provides additional benefits to your oral health. Implants provide stimulation to your jaw that prevents bone resorption. Dental implants are placed during oral surgery, and your mouth will need a couple of months to heal before placing your permanent bridge. However, once it’s in place, your restoration can last for many years with proper care. To learn more about our options for replacing missing teeth, contact our office in Middletown today at (765) 358-5868.