Dental bridges allow us to replace a patient’s tooth without major dental work like surgery. Replacing missing teeth is important for speech, eating, and even jaw structure. At Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX we offer dental bridges as a popular option for tooth replacement.
A bridge works by using the two teeth adjacent to the open space to fit a new tooth in between them. It is called a bridge because it literally acts like a bridge! There are also bridges available for when a tooth is missing on the end of your upper or lower set of teeth where it only has one tooth next to the opening.
To place a bridge, first, we prepare the one or two adjacent teeth so that crowns can fit on them. We then take impressions to send to a dental laboratory that creates the customized bridge. The bridge itself consists of the two crowns with a full replacement tooth in the middle, called a pontic. The patient will wear a temporary bridge for a couple of weeks while the permanent bridge is being created. When the permanent bridge is ready, it is bonded into place. The patient now has a natural-looking and strong replacement for their tooth.
Replacing missing teeth is important for your oral health. To learn more about bridges or to set up an appointment at Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group in Austin, TX, call us at (512) 451-7491 or visit our website, www.fredrickshawdds.com.