Tooth loss can have a negative impact on both your smile’s appearance and overall health. Fortunately, we have options for addressing tooth loss and rebuilding your smile. Do you have questions about our dental bridges? We can use this option to replace between one and three lost teeth in a row.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges
Question: How will losing a tooth impact my smile?
Answer: When you lose a tooth, the gap in your smile can lead to surrounding teeth drifting from position, resulting in misalignment. An uneven smile then increases the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, even TMJ disorder and bruxism. However, replacing the lost tooth can help preserve the alignment of your smile.
Question: How do you create a dental bridge?
Answer: We first prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a small amount of tooth structure. We then take detailed impressions. At a dental lab, the impressions and images gathered will be used to design and create the bridge, which will be made from lifelike materials. Ceramic is used to create the teeth and crowns due to the materials strength and ability to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel.
Question: What does placing the completed prosthetic involve?
Answer: Once we finish the bridge, the patient returns to the office. We check the fit and if needed, make final adjustments. We then place the crowns using a powerful bonding agent.
Question: How do I care for my new teeth?
Answer: You will need to brush them twice a day, along with the rest of your smile. You should floss thoroughly on either side of them, and also make sure you clean the space between the bottom of the prosthetic and the top of the gums, where food can accumulate. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, then please contact our office today.
Do You Have a Missing Tooth?
Dr. Janet Goguen, DMD, can discuss ways to replace missing teeth. Call our office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591 to schedule your next cleaning. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities, including, Grafton, Hopedale, Whitinsville, and more.