People lose teeth for many reasons, including tooth decay, infection, and trauma to the mouth. Lost teeth leave a gap in your smile that can increase self-consciousness, as well create the possibility of future dental problems. For many of our patients, a dental bridge made from porcelain, metal, or gold is an ideal option to disguise tooth loss. Restoring your smile as soon as possible is also very important to your overall dental health, as it prevents other teeth from shifting and causing problems with alignment.
Bridges rely on the teeth to either side of the gap to provide support. Dr. Laventure or Dr. Lewis will customize the metal bridgework that attaches behind your supporting teeth to hold the replacement tooth or teeth in place seamlessly.
What to Expect When You Receive Your New Dental Bridge
Having a bridge installed is quick and comfortable at Franklin County Family Dental. The first step will be for Dr. Laventure or Dr. Lewis to slightly re-contour the supporting teeth before placing the bridgework. Your dentist will also place an abutment, which serves to secure your new bridge. Next, he takes an impression of the spot where you no longer have natural teeth, and sends that to our special dental laboratory for custom fabrication. For your convenience and comfort, we can even provide you with a temporary bridge while you wait for your customized new one to come back. Our technicians take special care to ensure all of our bridges closely match the shade of your existing teeth.
Our team will contact you to come in for a final fitting of your customized bridge once the laboratory completes it. Your new bridge will restore the look and function of the tooth or teeth you lost, and be virtually undetectable by others. With proper care, you can expect your dental bridge to last 10 years or longer. To increase longevity, avoid biting into hard foods using the restoration, practice good oral hygiene habits, and know that our team is always available to help you with care and hygiene tips.