Missing teeth present several challenges, and most are not cosmetic. Edentulism (the absence of some, or complete lack of teeth) can make it difficult to eat, initiate vocal changes, and if enough teeth are missing, give your face a sunken, older appearance. At Cataloochee Dental Group, we offer dental bridges in Clyde to revive your smile of what it’s been missing.
Dental bridges are used to fill a gap in your smile. Depending on your need, these devices are made with one or multiple false teeth, held together on either side by remaining healthy teeth.
The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments, and a pontic, which is the artificial component replacing your missing tooth. A bridge is a restorative option lasting anywhere from five to fifteen years – as with other dental restorations, the better care you take of your oral hygiene, the longer they will last.
The first step is creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments are prepared, a mold is taken of the area and sent to a dental lab where the bridge will be created to fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent set. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gums–it’ll also look more appealing than a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge is ready, you will have a follow-up visit for installation. It will be placed on the abutments using a special dental adhesive to ensure it remains in place.
Dental bridges might take a little bit of time to get used to, but after a few days, it should feel like you have your natural teeth back again. If you are ready for our team at Cataloochee Dental Group to bring back your complete smile, call and book an appointment today!