Missing teeth can be inconvenient for several reasons. Not only are they unattractive and uncomfortable, but they can have negative effects on your oral health as well. Fortunately, there is an option for replacing missing teeth with dental bridges in Pueblo, Colorado. Union Ave Dental is proud to provide this service to restore smiles to our patients.
There are several options available in dental prosthetics. Dental bridges are one example. They are used when some teeth remain along the gumline and are fixed to the teeth that neighbor the gap where the missing teeth are. Dental bridges can be made from ceramic, metal, or a combination of the two. There are a few different types of bridges; the type used by your dentist at Union Ave Dental will depend on where the gap is located and how many teeth are next to it.
If you have been living with missing teeth for a while without much problem, you may think that you can get along fine without a dental bridge or other option for replacing teeth. Even if the gap is not located in a highly visible or inconvenient location in the mouth, it can still have an effect on your oral health. First, the remaining teeth may start to shift in place because they have more room to do so. This can cause a change to your bite. Additionally, you could experience bone recession in the area of the missing teeth, which could eventually affect your facial structure and cause you to look older. Having a dental bridge placed will help prevent these issues and help restore the function to your teeth.
It will take two appointments at our dental office near you in Pueblo, Colorado. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the area where the bridge will be placed. The neighboring teeth that will be supporting the bridge will be shaved down a small portion in order to be fitted with a crown. Impressions will then be taken of the prepared area and the bridge will be created in a dental laboratory. Your dentist may place a temporary bridge on the area until the permanent bridge is completed. Once it has returned from the dental lab, it will be cemented onto the prepared teeth to restore your smile.