When a tooth is lost, it can cause more problems than impairing your ability to chew food. It can also slur your speech and leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. In time, the gap can cause alignment issues with the nearby teeth. To treat and prevent these complications, your dentist might recommend a dental bridge in Houston, Texas.
When you’re ready, he can then help you restore the presence and function of the lost tooth by installing the bridge. This is essentially a replacement tooth that is fused to two crowns that are mounted on the two closest neighboring teeth. Once it is cemented in place, it will completely restore the function and appearance of all three teeth.
The process of installing a bridge starts with your dentist forming a pair of abutments on the two closest teeth. This is done by removing most of the enamel layer of the teeth, leaving only the healthy interior structures behind.
Your dentist will make an impression of the abutments, the void, and any other relevant teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab as a guide while the technicians create your new bridge. Your dentist will then secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them while the lab techs work.
A member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment once your new bridge is completed. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented firmly in place.
If you have a missing tooth that you’d like replaced, you should call 713.936.1923 to schedule an appointment at Smiley Dental Houston.