When you smile, the last thing you want is for someone to remember you by the gaps between your teeth. A bridge is an aesthetic and functional way to close a gap by fixing an artificial tooth between the adjacent teeth on either side. Dr. Gohill has considerable experience with dental bridges and can get your smile back on track.
When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth may shift position and can affect your bite and even make your jaw sore. Teeth that have moved out of alignment are harder to clean and are more prone to cavities and gum disease. If you have one or more missing teeth, Dr. Gohill may well suggest a bridge as a means of tooth replacement. A bridge is a permanent restoration process which should last for about ten years or longer.
The procedure calls for at least two visits; one to prepare the teeth to take the bridge, and the other to fit it. If the teeth on either side of the problem area are healthy, then they can be prepared with crowns so that the bridge can be attached. In the absence of healthy or sufficient teeth, then dental implants may be placed into the jaw bone to act as an anchor for the bridge.
Next, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth so that our dental technicians can custom make your bridge. A temporary bridge will be fitted to protect your gums and exposed teeth in the meantime. On your return visit, the dentist will be able to place the permanent bridge by attaching it to crowns on your two healthy teeth on either side of the gap, or onto dental implants.
There are various types of bridges available, and in order to make sure that you receive the right type, Dr. Gohill will discuss your options with you. This can depend on various circumstances such as where in the mouth your tooth or teeth are missing and your overall oral health.
As with any procedure involving your gums, there is a very slight chance of inflammation or infection, but this is extremely rare. Dr. Gohill will check that you have no allergies to the materials being used. A traditional bridge is a less expensive alternative to dental implants, but the main issue is that two healthy teeth have to be filed down in order to place the crowns for the new bridge.
If you’d like to bridge the gap in your teeth and improve your smile, then why not give us a call at (954) 256-1788. Dr. Gohill and her experienced team would like to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.