If you have missing teeth, you know that it can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and cause you to feel self-conscious, especially if the gap is in a more visible location in the mouth. It can also have consequences for your mouth. Leaving a gap in the teeth untreated by a dentist in 77057 can allow the remaining teeth to move into that empty space. Fortunately, there are several options available to replace missing teeth. One very effective method is with dental bridges.
Not only can bridges prevent the remaining teeth from shifting along the gum line, but they can also:
Placing a dental bridge requires at least two visits to the dentist near 77057. A bridge consists of two parts – the abutment teeth, which serve as anchors, and the pontic, or false tooth. During the first visit of the procedure, the abutment teeth are prepared. A portion of the enamel must be removed to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of the teeth are then made, which will serve as a model for the bridge, pontic, and crowns. While waiting for the bridge to be created by a dental lab, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge.
Once the bridge has returned from the dental lab, you will need to return to the dentist to get the temporary bridge removed and the permanent one fitted. It can take several adjustments to achieve a proper fit, and even multiple visits. The bridge will be cemented into place once a proper fit is found.
If your smile could use some improvement, make an appointment with our dentistry in 77057 at Dental Art in Houston, Texas today.