Dental Bridge Wauwatosa, WI
Losing even just one single tooth can have a major impact on your life. It can affect your oral health, your smile, and your quality of life. At Wauwatosa Dental Group we can replace a missing tooth and restore the functions and appearance of your mouth with a dental bridge.
What Happens When I Lose a Tooth?
Tooth loss has many significant effects. Depending upon the location of the tooth, it can impact the appearance of your smile, which can also affect your confidence. Chewing becomes more challenging, and food can get lodged in the space. Your speech can also be affected, which can lead to a lisp. Tooth loss also causes your teeth to shift out of their natural alignment, which can then lead to other issues including grinding and TMJ disorder. There is also a concern that the remaining teeth have to do more chewing and are therefore more prone to chipping and breaking.
Bridging the Gap
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace missing teeth. There are a few different types of dental bridges, including cantilever bridges, Maryland or resin bonded bridges, and fixed bridges. The most common type of bridge used is a fixed bridge. This dental bridge consists of the replacement tooth, called a Pontic tooth, and two dental crowns. The Pontic tooth is set between the two crowns. The crowns are there to anchor the bridge in place on the teeth adjacent to the gap, referred to as the abutment teeth. The restoration is often made from a single piece of ceramic or porcelain. Both ceramic and porcelain can be finished to perfectly match the color of the rest of your teeth. They also reflect light in a similar fashion to your natural tooth enamel. These attributes allow these bridges to blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile.
Placing Your Dental Bridge
The process for placing a dental bridge typically take two separate appointments. During your first appointment, we prepare the abutment teeth. Just like preparing teeth for regular dental crowns, preparing the teeth involves trimming the teeth, or by removing a portion of the enamel , and reducing the teeth slightly in size. We then take an impression of your mouth, which is sent off to our dental lab. The lab uses this impression to design and create your custom dental bridge. Because it can take up to two weeks for the bridge to be completed, you are provided with a temporary bridge. Once the bridge is ready, you will have your second appointment, where your final restoration is checked for fit and bite, and then cemented into place on your abutment teeth.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges offer several benefits, including:
If you lose a tooth we will help you understand the potential consequences of doing nothing as well as the benefit of replacing that missing tooth. A bridge can fill in the space left behind by a missing tooth, restoring the functions and aesthetics of your mouth, improving your oral health, and giving you back your quality of life. If you would like to talk confidentially with one of our dentists call Wauwatosa Dental Group to schedule your consultation today at (414) 253-1669.