Are your missing teeth making it hard to enjoy life? Is speaking, eating, and confidently smiling hard for you due to the gaps in your grin? Sounds like you could benefit from getting a dental bridge in Saginaw. This string of artificial teeth is designed to literally bridge the gap in your smile, hence the name. If you’re missing one or more consecutive teeth in the Saginaw, TX area, contact us today to learn whether bridges are the right solution for you.
A dental bridge is a series of crowns strung together to replace one or more missing teeth. The crowns on either end of the bridge are anchored onto your remaining natural teeth. In traditional bridges, the crowns in the center of the bridge are known as pontics, and are designed to fill the space and prevent your existing teeth from drifting and trying to fill in the gap themselves.
The other form of bridges is held in place with dental implants. With this method, crowns don’t have to be placed over any of your existing teeth. Instead, an implant is placed on either side of the gap in your grin. Then, crowns are fitted over the implants, with the pontics in between them. Implant-retained bridges offer more benefits than traditional bridges, such as preventing jawbone loss and not requiring any existing tooth enamel to be removed to make room for a crown.
The process for getting a dental bridge may take up to several appointments with your dentist in Saginaw, Dr. Renkuntla. During the first visit, he might need to file down the teeth at either end of the gap, known as the abutment teeth, so that the crowns can more easily slip over them. Next, he will take impressions to give the dental lab an exact mold to use when crafting your bridge. While this permanent bridge is being created, we can fix you with a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth and gums.
When you return for your second appointment, we’ll remove your temporary and place your permanent bridge. We’ll make adjustment as needed until your bridge fits just right and perfectly fills the gap in your smile.
Dental bridges come with a whole host of benefits, including: