Many people are self-conscious about missing teeth, but dental bridges provide a natural-looking replacement. At her practice in Hartford, Connecticut, Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD, offers a variety of replacement options, including implants and bridges. If you're missing a tooth, Dr. Galbreath can help you explore your options for comfortable, long-lasting replacement teeth. Call the office today or book an appointment online.
A damaged tooth may be repaired with a crown that restores the appearance of the tooth. Two or more crowns next to each other is known as a bridge, called that because it bridges the gap between the healthy teeth. When Dr. Galbreath places a bridge in your mouth, she affixes the bridge to your natural teeth. This helps keep the bridge from shifting as you eat, drink, or talk.
Bridges can also replace a row of missing teeth. They can be used alongside implants as part of a complex treatment strategy for patients with several missing teeth.
Many patients prefer to have a bridge because they don't want to deal with the nuisance removing or cleaning dentures. Bridges don't usually require any special cleaning. You can brush and floss your bridge like regular teeth.
Bridges also provide a more secure tooth-replacement option that protects your remaining teeth. Properly-fitted bridges help keep your other teeth from drifting out of their normal position. They can also ensure that your bite and jaw placement don't become misaligned due to missing teeth.
Quality bridges also look and feel like natural teeth, which can help restore your self-confidence. Many people are embarrassed by dentures or missing teeth; bridges provide a natural-looking solution.
During your consultation, Dr. Galbreath examines your mouth and your dental records to determine what kind of bridge will best meet your needs.
To install a bridge, Dr. Galbreath begins by taking impressions of your teeth. She'll also prepare the abutment teeth, the teeth on either side of the bridge. Dr. Galbreath may need to file or reshape some teeth before she can fix the bridge in place.
While your permanent bridge is being created, Dr. Galbreath will provide a temporary bridge. Once the permanent bridge is ready, she removes the temporary bridge and fits the permanent bridge in place.
Dr. Galbreath may need to make some minor adjustments to your bridge to ensure a good fit. Once the bridge and abutment teeth are in perfect position, she cements the bridge in place.
If you're missing a tooth, dental bridges provide an excellent replacement option. Call Barbara K. Galbreath, DMD, today or book an appointment online.