When tooth decay, or fractures or chips in your teeth, gets to a point where your teeth have to be pulled in order to prevent their decay from spreading to other teeth, you’ll likely be interested in your options for tooth replacement.
This is where dental bridges enter the picture. Bridges an restore the structure, function, and appearance of lost teeth. A bridge is one single piece of dental work, that effectively mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. It is joined to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.
The first step of the process involves Dr. Jon C. Bauman creating an abutment on each of the neighboring teeth. This is done by removing the majority of enamel layer of each tooth, leaving a small amount surrounding the dentin layer and root. A temporary crown is then placed over each abutment to protect them
Dr. Jon C. Bauman will then take an impression of the area and your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab, where your new bridge is made.
When the new bridge is ready Dr. Jon C. Bauman will call you in for a brief second appointment. The temporary crowns are removed and your new permanent bridge is cemented in place over the abutments. With proper care and cleaning your new bridge will last for many years to come.
If you have lost teeth, or damaged ones, you shouldn’t put off talking to your dentist any longer. The decay from damaged teeth can spread to neighboring teeth, compromising your overall oral health, and take away from the natural beauty of your smile. Call us today at 303.659.1920 for information on bridges.