When you have missing your teeth, you’re forced to accept some unpleasant lifestyle changes that include the inability to eat many of the foods you love, a change in the way you speak and a loss of confidence. Thankfully, there is an answer for your woes. Your local dentist says that one of the fastest ways to restore the function of your teeth is with a dental bridge in Prince Albert. Read on to learn how this application works.
What are Dental Bridges?
Bridges are prosthetic appliances that restore your teeth using tooth-colored, ceramic crowns that are made into one piece. The dental bridge process is a multi-step procedure that typically takes more than one visit to complete.
This method of restoration relies on the teeth adjacent to the missing ones to act as abutments (anchors). While you wear your bridge, the abutments are essential for holding it in place using metal clasps.
What’s the Process for Getting Dental Bridges?
The dental implant process includes the following steps:
- The procedure starts with your dentist administering a local anesthetic to numb the area where the work will be done.
- He or she will then reshape the teeth that will act as the abutments, either by filing down sections of the teeth or filling certain areas.
- After your teeth have been sufficiently reshaped, your dentist will take bite impressions that will be used to create your new prosthetic. The impressions are sent to a trusted lab that will custom-make your new bridge to fit perfectly in your mouth.
- After a few weeks, your permanent bridge will arrive, and your dentist will invite you back in to be fitted.
You’ll leave the office with a fully restored smile!
Why are Dental Bridges Necessary?
If you’ve been living with missing teeth, you probably have suffered from some bone loss. That’s because your jawbone only produces new bone cells when there is adequate pressure applied from your teeth. By getting a custom-made bridge, you’ll be able to prevent the bone loss from continuing.
Additionally, having dental bridges will prevent facial collapse and premature wrinkling, which are both common when you have missing teeth for a prolonged period of time. As a result of looking better, you’ll naturally feel better about yourself, which plays a huge role in your overall health. That’s because a well state of mind helps to create a healthier physical state.
To learn more about the dental bridge process, reach out to your dentist in Prince Albert to schedule a visit.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Saskatchwan, Dr. Jerry Janzen has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. Still, he is eager to grow more, which is why he participates in advanced studies at the Kois Center of Clinical Excellence in Seattle. Additionally, he encourages up and coming dentists as an instructor at the University of Saskatchwan. Dr. Janzen can be reached for more information through his website.