If you have a missing tooth, gradually you can experience a growing number of problems so it is a very good idea to have that gap filled. At Chesney Dentistry we can explain the different methods for addressing that. If a gap is left open too long, the adjacent teeth will slowly move in towards that gap which can cause other misalignment issues that can affect your bite, your jaw, cause gum problems, etc.
A bridge is one of a few options that you have when deciding how to deal with a missing tooth or teeth.
Types of Bridges
A bridge, by definition, is a link or connection between two permanent structures. A dental bridge is very similar in that it attaches the restorative teeth (bridge) to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. This bridge acts as your new tooth (or teeth), filling the gap, and restoring your smile.
There are two main types of bridges:
- Traditional Bridges: A traditional dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth (or two) attached to the two neighboring teeth. The neighboring teeth are trimmed down to have dental crowns (link) placed on them to support the bridge between them. The bridge is permanently cemented into place. The type of bridge recommended depends on a variety of circumstances, including which teeth are missing. At Chesney Dentistry we always prioritize function as well as aesthetics for the most natural end result.
- Implant Supported Bridges: This may be a great option for a permanent, safe, and healthy solution to missing teeth. There are many advantages to this option, including the fact that you are not milling down neighboring teeth, nor placing undue stress on neighboring teeth. There is also increased stability and strength. At Chesney Dentistry we are happy to review your circumstances with you and put together a treatment plan that consists of what the best options are in your particular case. Call our West location at 865-966-7441 or our North location at 865-688-4112 or click here to schedule an appointment.
Chesney Dentistry begins the procedure with preparation of the natural teeth, or abutments. We will shape the abutment teeth so that the ends of the bridge will fit comfortably on each one. The next step is to take an impression of the area. This impression will be sent to our lab where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, Chesney Dentistry will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or unattractive tooth.
During your second visit to our office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This bridge will be fitted comfortably into your mouth. Chesney Dentistry will make every effort to ensure that the new bridge feels exactly like your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the bridge into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.