Dentist uses Dental Bridges to give Glendora patients happy and healthy smiles
Losing a tooth to trauma or decay can do more than change the appearance of your smile. It can alter the way you talk, the foods you can eat, and even keep you from smiling as often. Furthermore, having a gap in your smile can cause some patients to feel self-conscious and hide their smile behind their hand or tight lips. However, by turning to a trusted dentist such as Dr. Brianne Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry, the missing tooth can be replaced and patients can smile happily once again.
Bridges are a popular choice to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge is a false tooth, supported by crowns placed on the adjacent teeth. They can give you back a happy and confident smile and allow you to talk and eat just as you did with natural teeth. Furthermore, a missing tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift or your face to droop.
When you visit the dentist to have a tooth replaced or because you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, the visit will start with a complete examination of your teeth and gums. Then together with your dentist, you can choose the option that is best for you. If you decide to proceed with a bridge, the supporting teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of the tooth’s enamel to leave space for the crown to be applied.
Next, x-rays and impressions will be taken and used to develop the appliance. Because your teeth have been filed, Dr. Luu will place a temporary appliance to wear while you wait for the bridge to be ready.
When the permanent bridge is ready, Dr. Luu will place the appliance and ensure that it fits and is comfortable. Once all necessary adjustments have been made and you and Dr. Luu are confident in the bridge’s comfort and that it will function correctly, it will be bonded into place.
Once the bridge has been permanently placed, it requires the same care as your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing keep the appliance clean and ensure that your gums and remaining teeth stay healthy. Additionally your twice-annual dental appointments will provide an opportunity for Dr. Luu to check the appliance and confirm that it is working correctly.
Dr. Luu has been providing patients in the Glendora, CA, area with bridges, crowns, implants, and dentures to improve their smiles and give them back the confidence they need. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss the best option for you.