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By David Cooley, DDS
October 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dealing with tooth loss? A dental bridge could help you.

Dental Crowns and BridgesDo you have an embarrassing gap where your tooth used to be? Are you wondering what the best option might be to fill that vacancy and regain a complete smile? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Our Portage and Kalamazoo, MI, dentist, Dr. David Cooley, uses a simple oral appliance known as a dental bridge to help patients just like you.

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is fixed in place and replaces your missing teeth. Dental bridges are often made from a variety of different materials, while the false teeth are made from tooth-colored material such as porcelain so that they blend right in with the rest of your natural smile. Whether you are missing a single permanent tooth or a couple teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be exactly what you need to fill that gap!

What are the benefits of getting a dental bridge?

If you choose to get a dental bridge to replace your missing teeth, you’ll benefit from having a complete smile again. This will not just improve your appearance but also boost your confidence. Furthermore, placing false teeth in the gaps will prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into those open spaces. Lastly, restoring your smile can fill out and improve the shape of your face.

How long does it take to get dental bridges?

One advantage to getting dental bridges is that it will only take about two or three trips to our Kalamazoo office to get your new restoration. First, our dentist will need to make sure that a dental bridge is right for you. During this initial consultation, we will examine your mouth to make sure that a bridge truly is the best approach to treating your tooth loss.

Once we determine that you are an ideal candidate for treatment, we will need to prep the teeth that sit on both sides of the gap. On this visit, we will also take impressions of your mouth, which will be used by a lab to create a dental bridge that is made to fit your smile.

Your final appointment will consist of us checking the fit and look of your dental bridge to make sure you are happy with your new tooth. From there, we will cement the crowns into place, which are attached to and support the false tooth or teeth in the middle. With the proper care, a dental bridge could last up to 15 years or longer before needing to be replaced.

Are you interested in finding out whether you could be a good candidate for a dental bridge? The sooner you turn to us to replace your missing tooth the better for your oral health. Call our dental office serving Portage and Kalamazoo, MI today at (269) 345-1021 to let us know that you are interested in getting a dental bridge!