Having one or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health.
Missing teeth can cause:
- A shift in the alignment of your teeth
- Increased risk of periodontal disease
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Loss of adjacent teeth
- Speech disorders
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
What Are Dental Bridges?
Like dental implants, dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth. Bridges are supported by the teeth on either side called abutment teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Bridges?
Like many cosmetic dental procedures, placing bridges also serves a restorative purpose. A dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak as well as your smile. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges were shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth. In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape, as they tend to do when a person has missing teeth.
Dental Bridge Procedure
The procedure of installing a dental bridge is typically completed in three visits.
First Visit: First, the dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. If you are, your teeth will need to be prepared by reshaping or reconstructing any badly decayed or damaged areas. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which is then sent off to a lab where it is cast into a mold. A temporary bridge will be made in office, which you will wear until the permanent is received from the dental lab.
Second Visit: On your second visit, the mold of the bridge will be fitted to your teeth, and any necessary corrections or adjustments will be made. The mold will than be sent back to the lab for the final step.
Third Visit: On your third visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent will be placed.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Dental bridges can last from 8 to 15 years and can last even longer if you maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
Schedule A Consultation
We would love to discuss your options! Please call 660-747-9117 to make an appointment. We serve Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City and surrounding areas. Thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg, Oak Grove and Windsor.