Many Americans are missing one or more teeth. Tooth loss is caused by poor oral hygiene, bad habits, poor nutrition, trauma, disease, and medications. If you have one or more missing teeth, your Kennewick WA dentist can restore the form and function of your teeth with the use of dental bridges. Bridges fill the gap left by missing teeth. The restorative piece is supported by your natural teeth or by dental implants.
Bridges can bring back your beautiful smile, restore your ability to speak and smile, spread out the forces of your bite, maintain the shape of your face, and keep your teeth from shifting.
If you want to replace your missing teeth with bridges, it’s best to consult your Kennewick WA dentist so he can assess if you’re a good candidate for the treatment. A comprehensive examination of your mouth will be performed. Once it is determined that this is the best replacement for your missing teeth, he’ll start with the restoration process.
The dentist will dentist will take X-rays, impressions and photos of the area. Depending on your case, he may recommend conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges or resin-bonded bridges.
A local anesthetic will be administered to make you at ease during the tooth preparation. After this, he’ll take impressions of the prepared teeth and send the final model to the laboratory for fabrication. You’ll be given a temporary bridge while waiting for the permanent one.
On your next visit, your bridges will be fitted and bonded to your teeth. With proper care, it can last for several years. Maintain it by observing proper oral hygiene and visiting the clinic for checkups and cleanings.
For more information about dental bridges, feel free to contact Dr. Walter G. Hadley at 509-591-0515. Talk to the friendly staff of Marineland Dental Care and schedule an appointment right away.