As a personal survivor of the trials and tribulations that go into walking around with an imperfect smile, I understand the various needs someone with a missing tooth has. Trouble speaking, trouble chewing, trouble with your confidence. Well the cure is here and it comes in the form of a small piece of technology called a dental bridge. Dental bridges sound complicated and come with a fear of cost, but as you will read in this article they are actually becoming simpler to understand, and pay for. Dentistry over the past 15 years has made huge leaps in innovation and effectiveness. Resulting in a better procedure, at a lower price. Dental bridges are easy to understand, and can be explained in three easy steps.
When you walk into your Dental bridge appointment you will be taken to the back for the first step in your new smile. At this stage the teeth surrounding your missing tooth will act as anchors, they will be shaved slightly and fitted for caps. Then an impression or model of your teeth will be made, so that your new tooth called the Pontic can fit properly between these two “anchor” teeth. Your dentist will create a temporary bridge for you, outfitted with your anchor teeth caps, and a new tooth, filling the hole in your life you’ve always looked to fill. This temporary fix will act as a place holder while your permanent bridge is being made.
After your bridge is completed you will be called in once more for stage two, a simple fit check. Your dentist will apply your bridge, cementing the Pontic tooth down, and adjust to fit so that you will have that perfect smile you have always wanted. Complicated, I think not. Dental bridges are a simple procedure that will bring you loads of confidence and joy. But as you are fitted and walk out the door, step three will be of upmost important. If you truly wish to get the most out of your investment, dental hygiene is a must. It is not uncommon for a dental bridge to last over ten years, but for a true long lasting bridge, you need to take care of your mouth. Brushing twice daily, as well as flossing will insure the health of your smile, and more importantly those anchor teeth your bridge lives on.
Hopefully this article has instilled in you a better understanding of dental bridges, and a heightened excitement toward getting a happier smile. In today’s ever advancing dental field, affordability and effectiveness are becoming less and less of a concern. So for a smile you can feel proud of, as well as afford, visit your local dentistry for one of the simplest and most effect procedures, the dental bridge.