Dental Bridges for teeth replacement in Glen Mills, PA
Missing teeth can be a big blow to your confidence, but it can also affect your oral health. As your jaw changes shape after tooth loss, the teeth in your mouth can begin to shift, which can make them harder to keep clean. It also adds stress to your remaining teeth when you chew, which can lead to chips and cracks. Star Care Dental offers patients in Glen Mills, PA, dental bridges to replace missing teeth and protect your oral health.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device to replace missing teeth. They are usually attached to one or two crowns that mount on adjacent teeth, or they may be supported by dental implants. A permanent dental bridge can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several in a row, and if you take good care of your teeth, they can last for 15 years or longer.
Dental bridges generally require 2-3 appointments to place. If you need a tooth extraction, the site will need some time to heal before your procedure. For a traditional bridge supported by crowns, she will prep your neighboring teeth by removing the outer layer of enamel and reshaping them. Next, she will take impressions of your mouth to send to the dental lab. Next, she will create a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums while you wait for your restoration. After a couple of weeks, you’ll return to the office to have your permanent bridge bonded into place.
Understanding your options
Dental bridges are one of several options to replace missing teeth, and Dr. Nair will go over the advantages and disadvantages of all your options. If you are at risk of losing more teeth, she may recommend partial dentures because they can be adjusted to replace other teeth down the line. Dental bridges require an experienced dentist to place, and Dr. Nair will need to treat tooth decay and gum disease that can weaken neighboring teeth before placing a bridge.
Tooth pain and missing teeth need treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications. Patients in Glenn Falls and the surrounding areas, such as Wilmington or Chester, should contact our office today at (610) 569-0509 for a consultation.