During a lifetime, many unexpected situations occur. Patients may experience the development of periodontal disease, and many find that one or more teeth need to be extracted. Others experience injury to a tooth, or have a large cavity that forms and causes them to have the damaged tooth removed. Situations such as these can leave patients with a large space within their dental arch. These can cause a number of problems including shifting of the natural teeth and less efficiency for chewing, biting, and speaking. It is imperative that patients consider restorative methods as soon as they have experienced tooth loss, and learn about the various ways Dr. Harpalani and the team at Vivid Dental can help patients achieve a restored smile.
Many patients who are seeking a permanent, yet economical, solution may want to learn more about a tooth bridge, also referred to as a dental bridge. This restoration is used to reach across the space and fill the gap with a false tooth called a pontic. The pontic is fused to two crowns, one on each side, which are bonded to adjacent teeth to hold it in place.
Dental bridges are often considered when patients want an affordable way to restore their smile quickly and easily. This is a permanent method, unlike partial dentures, which are removable. Dental implants are life-long restorations, but their cost may make them prohibitive for some patients. Dental bridges are a wonderful middle-of-the-road solution, and they are a popular choice at Vivid Dental in Cypress, TX.
Receiving a dental bridge takes approximately two weeks. Impressions are made of the dental arch after the surrounding teeth have been prepared with minor removal of the enamel. These impressions are mailed to a dental laboratory that fabricates the bridge per the dentist’s instruction. Within a few weeks, patients will return to the dental office for the final placement.
If you have experienced the loss of one or more natural teeth and you want to learn about the benefits of tooth bridges, contact Vivid Dental today to schedule a consultation visit. We welcome new patients to our state-of-the-art facility, and look forward to meeting you!