Missing teeth don’t have to be obvious if you get a dental bridge. Dental bridges replace your lost tooth with a natural looking prosthetic one that uses the bordering healthy teeth as support. At the practice of Albert Mina, DMD, LLC, in St. Louis, Dr. Mina creates custom dental bridges that fill in teeth gaps to give you a full, healthy smile. Book online now or call the office for your dental-bridge appointment.
A bridge is a way to replace missing teeth. Bridges can replace just one tooth or several teeth, depending on your needs.
There are several types of bridges, but the main consideration is whether you want a removable bridge or a fixed one. Removable bridges click into your mouth and use metal wings to clip to your nearby natural teeth for support.
Dr. Mina attaches permanent bridges below your gums or within your jaw. Another option for a permanent bridge is a crown bridge. This type of bridge consists of a replacement tooth that connects to crowns on the two neighboring teeth.
You may want to consider a dental bridge if you need only a few tooth replacements, but not enough to make you a good candidate for partial dentures. A bridge is often a good idea when you're missing teeth because it restores your appearance, helps you eat normally, and keeps your other teeth from shifting.
The exact process varies depending on what type of bridge you're getting. Usually, the bridge process starts with an exam and X-ray imaging. This allows Dr. Mina to determine whether your surrounding teeth and jaw are healthy enough to support a bridge.
Once you've decided which type of bridge is best for you, Dr. Mina prepares your teeth for the bridge and makes an impression of your mouth. Dr. Mina may place a temporary bridge for you to wear until your permanent one is ready.
In your next appointment, Dr. Mina installs your new bridge. If it's a removable one, Dr. Mina shows you how to attach and detach it, and gives you care instructions. If it's a permanent bridge, Dr. Mina installs it surgically or cements it into place.
With a detachable bridge, you generally need to clean it every night and continue your regular brushing and flossing routine on your natural teeth. When you have a permanent bridge, you still need to brush and floss normally, but take a bit of extra time to floss gently around the bridge.
To replace your missing tooth in a natural way, call the office of Albert Mina, DMD, LLC, or book an appointment online today.