We still recommend dental bridges here in our Columbus, MO, dental office when people want a non-surgical option to replace a missing tooth. While dental implants are gaining in popularity, some people do not want, or cannot have, oral surgery safely.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges consist of two dental crowns covering adjacent healthy teeth and anchoring an artificial tooth in place. Typically, dental bridges are tooth-colored to match your surrounding teeth and are made of durable porcelain or a porcelain-metal blend.
How Does the Dental Bridge Procedure Work?
Like dental crowns, we need to prepare your anchor teeth for their prosthetic. Once we prepare the teeth, we take a digital impression of the area and use a local dental lab to create your dental bridge accurately.
Once we receive your restoration from the dental lab, we will have you back for a final appointment to place your dental bridge with permanent adhesive and make any final adjustments necessary to ensure a comfortable and functional bite.
How Do I Take Care of a Dental Bridge?
Tooth bridges do require a bit of special care. Since you have an artificial tooth not rooted in bone, you will need to keep the area clean to prevent the build-up of food debris and bacteria. Special flossers and small interproximal brushes are available to make this job easier.
As with the rest of your dentistry and natural teeth, regular dental visits to our Columbia, MO, dental office will also help you get the most out of your dentistry since we can spot any issues before they become serious.
Do you have a missing tooth? Are you tired of gaps in your smile? Are you facing a dental extraction and want to know your options? Give Shipp Family Dentistry a call.
We look forward to seeing your smile!