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How Do Dental Bridges Work?

Find out how a dental bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth.

You’ve been weighing your options when it comes to what tooth replacement treatment you want. Perhaps you’ve already talked to our Fenton, MO dentists Drs. Thomas and Andrew Kemlage or you’re planning to talk to us about your treatment options. One way to Bridges replace a missing tooth is by getting a dental bridge. Find out more about this restoration and how it works.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth. It is made up of two crowns on both ends of the bridge, which are attached over the crown of the teeth that are on either side of the gap in your smile. Between the crowns lies a false tooth/teeth, also known as a pontic. Pontics can be made from a variety of different materials like gold or alloy but are often made of porcelain because they offer a more realistic look that is comparable to real teeth.

What are the benefits of getting a bridge?

When you lose a tooth it’s important to seek treatment from your family dentist in Fenton right away. Tooth loss can make everyday habits like speaking or eating a challenge. But with dental bridges not only will you get a restored smile but you will also be able to chew and talk properly and easily. This restoration will also provide other natural teeth from shifting out of place.

How do I get a dental bridge?

In order to get a dental bridge in Fenton, MO you will need to come into our office twice for your new restoration:

1st visit

During your first trip we will prepare the natural teeth for the dental bridge by removing some enamel to make room for the dental crowns to be placed over them. Then impressions are taken of your teeth, which will be used by a dental lab to make your dental bridge. In the meantime we will create a temporary bridge for you to wear.

2nd visit

During the final visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and a permanent one will be fitted onto your teeth. We will also check the fit and adjust it if necessary. You may need to come back more than once in order to make sure that the dental bridge fits properly. Once we know the bridge no longer needs adjustments we will cement it permanently into place.

A dental bridge can be a great option for many of our patients looking to treat their tooth loss in Fenton, MO. If you are ready to get the dental treatment you need to restore your smile turn to Kemlage Family Dentistry today.

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