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When you have a tooth or teeth missing, it can cause you to feel quite self-conscious about your smile. But did you know that missing teeth can also potentially lead to more serious issues?
Some of thee issues involve putting the rest of your teeth out of alignment or causing the surrounding teeth to decay or develop periodontal disease. Before you give up all hope or develop further problems due to missing teeth, why not let David M. Skopp, DDS eliminate the gaps and restore your smile with a dental bridge?
A dental bridge does exactly what you’d expect: fills in the gap of a missing tooth. Typically, the bridge is made up of a dental crown on each side of the gap and a false tooth in between, attached on each side to a crown.
Depending on the health of the teeth on each side of the gap, Dr. Skopp may either crown your natural teeth or use dental implants. Once the anchor teeth have been crowned, the false tooth or pontic is then fixed to the anchor or abutment teeth. Although porcelain is most commonly used, bridges can also be made of gold and other metal alloys.
There are a number of different benefits to having a dental bridge installed, including:
When you visit our office in Palm Beach Gardens, Dr. Skopp will begin by determining the type of bridge that is best for you. Generally speaking, there are three distinct types of bridges that may be used.
These are the most basic and common types of bridges, consisting of two crowns and a false, filler tooth that is attached to the crowns. With a fixed bridge, the crowns are usually made of porcelain, which is fused to the metal or ceramic false tooth.
This type of bridge is used when there are only teeth on one side of the gap.
These are typically used for larger gaps or missing front teeth and consist of plastic or porcelain that is fused to metal teeth and then bonded to existing teeth with small metal wings.
When you choose Dr. Skopp for your dental bridge work, the first step is an initial consultation to determine the best type of bridge. From there, you will be scheduled for your first appointment. Dr. Skopp and his expert staff will prepare the abutment teeth for the crowns by reshaping them and removing some of the enamel so that the crown fits snugly over the top.
Then, Dr. Skopp and his dental team will take an impression of your teeth, which will be used as a model for making the permanent bridge, crowns, and false teeth. After making the impression, Dr. Skopp will then fit you with a temporary bridge to protect your abutment teeth until the bridge is ready.
Once the permanent bridge is finished, you will then come in for a second appointment, at which time Dr. Skopp will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the permanent one. He will then check and adjust the bridge accordingly.
In some cases, you may need to return to the office periodically to have the bridge readjusted until it fits perfectly. Finally, after assessing the bridge for several weeks to ensure it fits properly, Dr. Skopp will permanently cement the bridge into place.
By practicing good oral hygiene and proper care, your new bridge should last up to at least ten years. While bridges require more care than natural teeth in order to prevent decay, they will surely regain confidence in your smile. Dr. Skopp’s expert dental team will instruct you on exactly how to care for and clean your bridges.
If you’re sick of living with that embarrassing gap in your teeth, why not contact David M. Skopp, DDS? Call Dr. Skopp’s office at 561--5000 to find out more about dental bridges or to schedule an appointment.