A Guide to Bridges

You do everything that you possibly can to prevent your teeth from dropping out of your mouth. Who can blame you? When you don’t have any missing pearly whites, you get to bite and chew your meals efficiently. Furthermore, you can attend various social events without having to worry about being ridiculed for your physical appearance. In addition to that, you can easily pronounce your words. But more importantly, you’re not at risk of suffering from crooked teeth. Despite your best efforts, factors that can’t be avoided such as natural aging and accidents can still cause your teeth to fall off. Fortunately, your Kennewick dentist can provide you with a solution to tooth loss in the form of a bridge.

Bridge defined

A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that is made up of two crowns and artificial tooth known as a pontic to which the crowns are adjacent. The pontic is designed to replace your lost tooth, while the crowns are designed to enclose the teeth surrounding the empty space.

Applying a bridge

To apply a bridge, your dentist first injects a local anesthetic into your neighboring teeth. He then trims some of your neighboring teeth’s enamel off and uses a putty paste to take impressions of them and the vacant spot. Once your dentist has the impressions, he gives you a temporary bridge to protect your neighboring teeth until the dental laboratory finishes manufacturing the permanent bridge. As soon as the permanent bridge is available, your dentist lets you try it on to see if there are any problems with it. If the permanent bridge has no imperfections, your dentist permanently applies it.

Maintaining a bridge

You can maintain a bridge by sticking to good oral habits, attending your scheduled dental appointments, and consuming nutritional foods.

Dr. Walter Hadley can reinforce your understanding of bridges. You may dial 509-591-0515 to book a consultation with him.

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