Our patients learn about the benefits of dental crowns and fixed bridges for replacing missing teeth.
If you’ve had teeth extracted, or lost in an accident due to trauma, you know how much it can change your smile and impact your self-confidence. The missing teeth may change how you speak, which foods you can eat, and how you smile. However, people in the Woburn area don’t have to hide their smiles or feel self-conscious for long, because missing teeth can be replaced quickly and effectively with dental fixed bridges and patients can once again show off their smiles.
When it comes to replacing missing or badly damaged teeth, there are several options available. Patients may have heard about dental implants, dentures, and removable partial dentures as possible options. While each option has its own benefits, a dental fixed bridge is a popular choice for replacing teeth. A dental fixed bridge is an appliance that includes false teeth attached to crowns on both sides. The crowns are then permanently cemented over the adjacent teeth.
The bridge placement procedure is simple and easy. On your first visit to see Dr. Moutevelis at Four Corners Dental Care, x-rays will be taken and an oral exam will be performed, to determine the health of your teeth and gums. Then he will talk with you about all of your treatment options and together, you will decide which plan is best for you.
If you decide to proceed with the fixed bridge procedure, the process involves preparing the surrounding teeth by removing a very small amount of enamel. This is a necessary step that creates enough room for the crowns to fit and to look and feel natural.
Next, wax impressions will be created which are then sent to a dental laboratory and are used to make the bridge appliance. While the appliance is being created, Dr. Moutevelis will make you a temporary appliance to give support and protect the teeth that have been prepared. When the bridge is ready, Dr. Moutevelis will test the fit, shade, and shape to make sure that it will be comfortable and the right match for your remaining teeth. Once the fit is perfect and you are satisfied with the look, the bridge will be placed by cementing the crowns over the supporting teeth.
Dental fixed bridges require nearly the same care as your natural teeth. Brushing after meals and flossing every night will help keep the appliance clean and free from plaque, and maintaining an uninterrupted schedule of timely cleanings and checkups will extend its lifetime considerably.
In addition to restoring your happy and confident smile, replacing missing teeth ensures that your remaining teeth have proper support and function comfortably and effectively.
Call Dr. Moutevelis (781) 315-4456 at Four Corners Dental Care, to schedule your Free Consultation today !