If you have missing teeth, you may be struggling with eating or speaking as you did with a full set of teeth. Having a gap in your teeth may also make you feel self-conscious about smiling. If you are ready to restore your smile and self-confidence, a dental bridge could be the solution for you. This dental treatment is available at West Willow Family Dental in Wheaton, IL.
A dental bridge is a type of fixed dental prosthetic that consists of the pontic (the prosthetic teeth that spans the gap of missing teeth) supported by the abutment teeth, neighboring teeth that are fitted with dental crowns.
It normally takes at least two appointments to have a dental bridge placed at West Willow Family Dental. First, the abutment teeth must be prepared to receive a crown. They will be shaved down a small portion and an impression will be taken of the prepared teeth along with the gap. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be made. A temporary bridge will be placed to keep the prepared teeth protected until your next appointment.
At the second appointment, after the bridge has been completed, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and put the permanent bridge into place in order to check the fit. He or she can make adjustments to it as needed before permanently cementing it into place. It may take further appointments to achieve the perfect fit with the bite of the rest of your teeth.
A dental bridge is a very effective solution for replacing missing teeth. With good maintenance, you can expect to get several years of use with your bridge and enjoy some of your favorite foods once again. If you are ready to have your smile restored in Wheaton, make an appointment to have a bridge placed at West Willow Family Dental.