At Aegis Dental, we strive to provide all our patients with the highest level of care while restoring and repairing smiles. When it comes to missing one tooth or multiples in a row, we understand the impact it can have on your visual appearance and your self-esteem. By choosing to get a dental bridge in Carrollton, you can once again have a complete smile that functions naturally and gives you the confidence you need and deserve.
A dental bridge is a kind of prosthetic we can use to replace a single missing tooth or a few in a row. It consists of a prosthetic tooth or teeth that are supported by neighboring crowns.
To get one, two crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap in a patient’s smile, and the new teeth are bonded directly to them. This not only helps the appearance of the smile, but it also ensures that the bite is evenly distributed. Plus, it prevents the other teeth from shifting out of place, which happens often after tooth loss.
To be eligible for a dental bridge, your dentist in Carrollton must thoroughly evaluate and examine your mouth. If you are missing one or multiple consecutive teeth on a row, you’re most likely a qualified candidate. However, you must have good oral and overall health and have no signs of gum disease.
What’s so important about gum disease? Patients who have inflamed, bleeding gums will need to be treated with periodontal therapy before having a dental bridge placed. This is because gum disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated, ultimately causing your bridge to fail.
Should you opt for a more stable solution – an implant-retained bridge, there are few qualifications you’ll need to meet:
To receive an implant-retained bridge, we will insert implants into areas on both sides of the gap, securing them into the jawbone. It will be necessary that you spend a few months healing and allowing the implant to properly fuse to the jawbone before receiving your customized bridge.
Once you are fully healed, you’ll return to our office and have the abutments placed (the appliance that connects the implant to the restoration) as well as your custom-made dental bridge. This will be matched to your natural tooth color, size, and shape, so your bridge will blend in seamlessly with your smile.
With crowns and bridges, we can turn back the clock and make it seem like nothing bad ever happened to your smile. To learn more about them or schedule an appointment, contact us today.