Are Missing Teeth Ruining Your Smile?

Are Missing Teeth Ruining Your Smile?

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Mar 30 2021, 12:38 AM

Are missing teeth ruining your smile and causing other oral issues? All your teeth serve a function, so depending on which tooth is missing, issues with chewing, swallowing and speaking can cause unwanted dental issues. Replacing missing teeth with a bridge can ensure you maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

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Typically, a dental bridge has two crowns placed on either side of a missing tooth. The bridge can be attached to real teeth or dental implants. An artificial tooth called a pontic, fills the gap of the absent tooth. Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either a precious or non-precious metal.

Bridges Can Be Permanently Attached or Removable

Fixed or permanent bridges are applied by one of two methods. The first method involves placing crowns on the abutment teeth. The second method bonds the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.

Removable bridges are either attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

Why Bridges are Important

Benefits of Dental Bridges Include:

  • Restoring your natural smile.
  • Maintaining your face’s natural shape.
  • Restoring normal speech functions.
  • Proper chewing habits to decrease stress on other teeth and alleviate TMJ.
  • Preventing other teeth from shifting.
  • Improving oral health which in turns improves overall health.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Fitting a crown requires at least two office visits. Initially, the dentist will remove any decay, shape the tooth, and fit you with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal. On the next visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the final crown will be fitted and adjusted. Lastly, the crown is cemented into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.

Will My Bite Be Different?

Dental bridges are an integral part of modern dentistry. At our dental office, you will receive the strongest and properly fitted dental bridges in all of Albuquerque, NM.

Our team creates natural-looking and well-fitting bridges for their patients. They are happy to give you the smile transformation you desire.

If you are curious about whether dental bridges are right for you or have any questions about the procedure, call (505) 293-7611 or fill out the contact form.

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