If you’re missing one or more natural teeth in a row along the same arch, a dental bridge can restore the sturdy, attractive dental structure you’ve been without. Bridges aren’t removable like full and partial dentures – in fact, they’re anchored in place within the patient’s smile by using dental crowns as “anchors” that fit over adjacent healthy teeth, which helps the custom-made prosthetic literally bridge the gap in your smile.
At Franklin Dental Center, we start this process by altering the existing teeth on either side of the gap so that they’re capable of supporting placed dental crowns. Then, a detailed mold of the area is created that Dr. Franklin-Pitts sends onto the dental lab for creation. In the meantime, our team will provide a temporary bridge so that you can become used to the fit and feel in the meantime. This restoration will also protect the recontoured teeth and exposed gum tissue from harm.
Once our office has received the permanent bridge within a couple of weeks, you’ll be invited back to the practice for a second appointment. This new bridge will be placed securely with the help of adhesive in order to ensure a strong and long-lasting fit.
It is likely that your new bridge will feel a little strange at first within the mouth, but after a few days, it should start to seem like your natural teeth have been restored! We strongly recommend that patients maintain a diet of soft foods early on until they’ve reached this stage; then, you can enjoy all of your favorite meals with plenty of confidence.
Long-term missing teeth can result in damage to your oral health, your smile’s ability to function, and your overall quality of life. That’s why our Franklin Dental Center team hopes to help you replace them as soon as possible. Please reach out to us today to schedule your first visit!