Bender Dental Group of greater Mountville and Lancaster County, PA, offers a variety of options to replace missing or damaged teeth, including bridges. A bridge can last a lifetime with proper care and is an excellent alternative to implants or dentures.
Bridges are used to bridge the gap of missing teeth between existing teeth. The dentist removes a small bit of enamel from each tooth that abuts the gap and takes an impression of each one so that crowns can be made. The bridge is then made of two crowns with an artificial tooth or teeth in the middle, all as one piece. The materials used are most often porcelain, but can also be made of gold or alloys.
Once the bridge is made, the dentist fits the crown portions of the bridge over the two existing abutment teeth. To care for the bridge, the patient is given a floss threader that slips between the bridge and the gums so that the patient can still floss. Brushing is continued as normal.
Replacing missing teeth is important for your health. When you have missing teeth, it affects the structure of your face, the health of your jaw and bones, and your ability to eat and speak properly.
Get your mouth back in working order as soon as possible by calling Bender Dental Group for an appointment today!