You should be thankful if you have a full-toothed smile because some people aren’t that lucky. Whether you have lost teeth through injury or poor oral hygiene, missing teeth affects your oral functionality and appearance. While you can complete your “gappy” smile with an implant, high-quality dental bridges from W Paul Burns DDS, El Dorado, Arkansas, are worthy tooth replacements.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap between two teeth. A dental bridge is artificial teeth held in place by supporting teeth (abutments) on either side of the gap. While dental bridges can be made from materials like gold, porcelain material is preferable because it can be designed to match your natural teeth. This means a dental bridge can be fabricated to resemble any color of choice that matches your lifestyle.
Like all dental procedures, the first step of getting a dental bridge is by examining your mouth to see the condition of your teeth and gums. Once Dr. Paul Burns establishes a dental bridge can close your gap, the next step is to prepare the adjacent teeth. Then, we take your bite impressions and send the images to a dental lab to manufacture your dental bridge. A temporary bridge will be installed until your permanent bridges are ready.
In the second appointment, our dental team will prepare the fabricated dental bridge and install it in your gap. Any adjustments may be necessary until your bite feels normal. The whole dental bridge procedure takes about 2-3 weeks.
If you have decided to get a dental bridge, it’s one of the best decisions you will ever make in life. A dental bridge has many benefits. Some include: