If you are missing one or more teeth, you can suddenly have difficulties performing everyday tasks ranging from eating to speaking properly. In addition to the functional issues, missing teeth can create self-esteem and future oral health issues. Patients in the Tampa, Florida, area visit Dr. Angela Rasmussen and Dr. Amanda Del Cueto at the Gentle Dentistry office for tooth replacement options, including dental bridges. Dental bridges are a popular tooth replacement option and could be just what you want.
How Does a Dental Bridge Work?
Dental bridges consist of custom-crafted artificial teeth, called pontics, which “bridge” the gap between two natural teeth. Dental bridges are crafted to look natural and are held in place by dental crowns, which are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges are great for individuals missing teeth because they:
- Prevent adjacent teeth from shifting into the gap
- Preserve your bite
- Restore functions, including eating and proper speech
- Provide a boost to your self-confidence
Dental bridges can be designed using either porcelain, attached to a metal framework, or a modern ceramic material with no metal. In preparing your bridge, the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap will need to be prepared to receive the crowns that will act as the anchor for your bridge. Impressions will then be taken from your mouth so your bridge can be crafted to look just like your natural teeth. This allows your bridge to blend in seamlessly with your smile. Once your bridge is ready, it will be attached using dental cement, which creates a permanent bond. You will then be able to do everything you were able to do with your natural teeth without worrying.
Call Today to Learn More
At Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, we understand your smile’s impact on your life.
Drs. Rasmussen and Del Cueto will work with you to ensure that your dental bridge is crafted using quality materials that fit comfortably and restore full function to your smile. To schedule a consultation, please call (813) 734-7102.