Do you have a noticeable gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth? If the tooth loss is recent, you may be surprised at how many ways it affects your comfort and confidence. If it’s not recent, you have probably found many clever ways to conceal your smile and shift food in your mouth so you can chew comfortably.
But there’s no reason to let your quality of life suffer because of a missing tooth; today we have custom replacement options that restore your appearance, comfort, and confidence. One that has stood the test of time is a dental bridge that fills the gap and leaves you with a confident, functional smile.
What is a Dental Bridge?
As the name implies, this restoration is designed to bridge the gap in your smile left by a missing tooth. A custom bridge is designed with an artificial tooth as the centerpiece and a dental crown on either side. The bridge gains its stability when the crowns are attached to adjacent teeth.
What is the Process for Getting a Bridge?
Getting a bridge is very similar to having dental crowns placed. First, the teeth adjacent to the space are prepared to accommodate the crown. Next, impressions are taken that will be used to create a model of your teeth.
The model is sent to a custom lab where the three-piece unit is created using durable, natural-looking porcelain. In about two to three weeks, your crown will be ready, and you will return to your dentist’s office to have it adjusted for fit and comfort. During the final step, the crowns will be bonded firmly in place.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
Patients who are considering dental bridges in Glendale should call Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS to arrange a convenient consultation. At that time, Dr. Kim will be happy to evaluate your needs, answer your questions, and help you decide if a dental bridge is your best choice for restoring the comfort, function, and beauty of your smile.