Fixed Bridges in Hartford, CT
The loss of one or more teeth affects your appearance and, in turn, your self-confidence. Proper speech and chewing may also be affected since all your teeth are designed to perform certain functions that allow you to eat comfortably.
It’s essential to replace missing teeth to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, dental bridges placed at JP Dental offer a perfection solution for correcting tooth loss. Bridges restore function, improve your appearance, and are also good for your oral health.
The Problem with Missing Teeth
All your teeth were designed to work together. When a tooth is lost, unusual stress is placed on neighboring teeth as they take up the work of the missing tooth. Surrounding teeth will gradually shift into the gap over time, potentially leading to tooth misalignment, teeth grinding, and even TMJ.
A fixed bridge fills the gap where teeth are absent. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth (called a pontic) that is securely attached to adjacent natural teeth with crowns. Removable bridges are attached using metal clasps, but a fixed bridge is cemented or bonded in place and can only be removed by your dentist. Fixed bridges offer more stability than removable bridges and are very functional and esthetic restorations.
Fixed Bridges for a Whole, Healthy Smile
Our doctors often place dental bridges to accomplish the following:
- Allow you to chew and eat normally
- Fill the space left by a missing tooth
- Prevent movement of surrounding teeth
- Provide a permanent alternative to a removable partial denture
The process for placing a bridge is similar to that of a crown. We prepare the teeth, take impressions, and then send the impressions and images to a professional dental lab where your restoration is custom-crafted. At your next visit, we will adjust the bridge as necessary to ensure a perfect fit and a fully functioning tooth.
A well-made bridge is attached securely to neighboring teeth and is very stable. However, certain patients may benefit from the addition of a dental implant. In this case, the makeup of the bridge is basically the same, but we place a dental implant in the jaw to hold the artificial tooth securely in place.
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There is no reason for you to live with missing teeth that threaten your oral health and cause embarrassment and discomfort. Using a dental bridge, we can easily restore your teeth to full health and function so you can smile again with confidence.
If you’ve lost a tooth and aren’t sure what to do next, please give us a call. We will sit down with you and discuss your situation as well as all available options for correcting any dental problem you are experiencing.