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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
December 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Find out how this simple dental restoration can fill that gap left over by a missing tooth.

Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you wondering what the best option is for replacing your missing teeth? If so, our Fenton, MO, dental bridgescosmetic dentists Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kelmage offer a full range of tooth replacement options to fit your needs and goals. Find out more about dental bridges and why so many people choose to get this restoration to treat their tooth loss.

What is a dental bridge?

This custom-made oral appliance is fixed in place and is designed to fill the gap or gaps left over by missing teeth with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of different materials including porcelain, metal and ceramic.

To make sure the false tooth or teeth look as natural and realistic as possible, they are often made from a tooth-colored material such as porcelain or ceramic so they blend in with the rest of your smile.

How does a dental bridge work?

In order to support the false tooth that will fill the gap in your smile, the false tooth will be sandwiched between two dental crowns. Dental crowns are hollow tooth-shaped caps that will then be cemented into place over healthy natural teeth that surround the gap. These two teeth will provide the support and stabilization to hold your false tooth in place.

In order to place a dental bridge, we will need to prepare the teeth for your dental crowns, take impressions of your mouth to send to a dental lab and then you will have to come back in for a final fitting once your bridge has been made.

Who should consider getting a dental bridge?

Even though some patients may choose to get a dental implant from our Fenton, MO, dentist this isn’t always the best solution for everyone. In fact, a dental bridge may be able to provide a simple and easy tooth replacement for patients. A dental bridge can also be placed in only 2 or 3 visits.

Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, is dedicated to handling your dental problems, from cosmetic issues to tooth loss. If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss, call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting a dental bridge.

By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have missing teeth? A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Compared to dentures, dental bridges restorative dentistryare a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth. Kemlage Family Dentistry, which is located in Fenton, MO, offers a full range of dental services, including bridges. Here's everything you need to know about dental bridges.

Bridge Overview

A fixed dental bridge literally bridges the gap created by one or more lost teeth. A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that is made of two dental crowns and a tooth in the middle. Fixed dental bridges can be supported by your own teeth, implants, or a combination of teeth and implants.

Benefits of Bridges

A fixed dental bridge will fill in your smile's gaps and enhance your appearance. With a bridge, you will feel and look younger and more attractive. Leaving teeth unreplaced may cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of place. A fixed dental bridge can prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place. Replacing your missing teeth with a fixed dental bridge can also restore your ability to properly chew and speak.

The Procedure

It usually takes two or more visits for your dentist to complete the dental bridge. During your first visit, your Fenton, MO, dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to make you more comfortable. The dentist will then reshape the teeth that will house the crowns. Next, your dentist will place crowns over the supporting teeth. The crowns also serve as holders for the pontic, which is the missing tooth's replacement.

Millions of people around the globe have restored their smiles with dental bridges. Perhaps, it's time you joined them? Don't wait another minute, call Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kelmage of Kemlage Family Dentistry at 636-225-1777 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Fenton, MO. A fixed dental bridge can truly change your life!