Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
Missing teeth can affect how you bite and chew. Plus, missing teeth can be seen by others, which may cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. A dental bridge may be a viable option for replacing a missing tooth and restoring your smile.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is one solid piece that looks like three separate teeth that bridge the gap of a missing tooth. The three piece unit will have dental crowns that fit over the teeth that are on either side of your missing tooth, with a prosthetic dental crown in the middle. The bridge is permanently attached to your teeth, providing you with a restored bite and smile.
Why should I replace my missing teeth?
Teeth play a significant role in our lives by helping us eat nutritious food, maintain an even bite to avoid jaw joint disorders, and complete our smiles. Teeth even help keep us looking younger and aid in our speech. Missing teeth can contribute to health issues such as poor nutrition, TMD (a jaw joint disorder), headaches or migraines, pain while chewing, and even an embarrassing smile. Plus, once a tooth is pulled, your other teeth may begin to shift out of alignment or suffer other effects from missing a tooth.
What should I expect for a dental bridge procedure?
The dentist will prepare your teeth where the bridge will attach. Impressions of your mouth and teeth are made and sent to a lab where your metal-free dental bridge is specially made for you. You will have a temporary dental bridge made in our office that you will wear while your permanent bridge is being hand crafted by the lab. You will later return to have your permanent bridge placed. When the procedure is complete, it will appear as though you have three beautiful, natural teeth again!
With proper care and maintenance, a bridge can last you for years, providing you with a beautiful smile that makes you proud. To explore tooth replacement options, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 438-4411. We welcome patients from Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.