Bridge Basics

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If a tooth is lost, it can seriously impact a person’s quality of life. From chewing to swallowing to speaking, a myriad of challenges present themselves. Self-confidence can also suffer if the lost tooth was prominent. One way to restore the smile after a tooth is lost is to install a dental bridge. Here are some things you should know about bridges.

A dental bridge is used to “bridge” the gap formed when one or more teeth are missing. A typical bridge is an appliance made of two or more crowns framing a false tooth or teeth. The crowns go on top of existing teeth, called “abutment teeth,” to hold the bridge in place. The false teeth are called pontics.

Before the bridge can be installed, the abutment teeth must be prepared. As with other crowns, the teeth must be recontoured so that the appliance can fit on top. An impression is also taken so that the bridge can be manufactured by a lab. When the bridge is ready, it is checked for fit and eventually cemented into place.

Many people worry that such a drastic procedure will cause additional difficulty in their lives. But actually, activities like eating and speaking become easier with a complete set of teeth. It is important to care for your remaining natural teeth to ensure the success of the bridge. Poor dental hygiene leads to things like tooth decay and gum disease, which can cause further tooth loss.

Please call Dr Albert Mendez at 620-231-6070 to discuss your options for completing your smile. Our Pittsburg, Kansas, office is ready to help you get it back.