Dental Bridges Overview
When one or a few of your teeth are missing, it is more than just a problem with appearance — missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift. This can result in extra tension when you bite, increased pain during chewing, or even trouble speaking. A dental bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by covering spaces with a false tooth supported by either dental implants, your natural teeth, or a combination of both. At James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Coppell, TX, experienced dentist Dr. James Peterson offers custom-made bridges with top-quality materials that will help to restore your beautiful smile. If you have missing teeth, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Peterson to learn about your restoration options with a custom bridge.
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Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
People with missing teeth do not merely have an appearance issue — gaps between the teeth can have a powerful impact on your oral health. The fact is: your mouth is carefully balanced and a gap can affect its function. In time, a missing tooth can lead to teeth shifting, creating bite problems (underbite, crossbite, overbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be strong enough to support the restoration, including sufficient jawbone density and gums. Dr. Peterson will assess your teeth, gums, and jaw during your exam and consultation to help you select the best bridge type (traditional, cantilever, Maryland bonded, or resin bonded) and material (porcelain, ceramic, metal, and porcelain fused to metal).
What To Expect with Dental Bridges
After your teeth are prepped, Dr. Peterson will take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth so your custom bridge can be created. If needed, a temporary bridge or restoration can be placed while your custom one is being made. Once your restoration is ready, the dental bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants, depending on the support you and Dr. Peterson selected during your consultation. Dr. Peterson will carefully adjust the fit of the bridge so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
Dental Bridges Follow-Up
Once your bridge is in place, you should notice an improvement in the function and appearance of your teeth. You may need a second appointment at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to improve the fit of your bridge if it seems loose or uncomfortable after placement. Dr. Peterson or a member of his team will show you how to maintain your restoration, including the best way to clean it and if you need to avoid any foods. It is crucial to regularly clean your bridge and mouth since cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your custom bridge can last for many years. You need to continue to attend appointments at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for your annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings. At your dental exam, Dr. Peterson will evaluate the wear and health of your custom bridge to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you do not mind how you look with a gap, it can lead to bigger issues if it isn't fixed. Schedule a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Peterson to learn more about dental bridges and what options will fit your specific needs. James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to offer high-quality dental restorations that can help improve the appearance and health of your teeth. Contact our front office in Coppell, TX to schedule your appointment.