In the case of a lost permanent tooth or teeth, Dr. Jeffrey Lash, DMD may recommend a dental bridge in Spring Hill, Florida. A dental bridge is a restoration that closes the gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth. A replacement tooth (pontic) with a dental crown attached to either side make up a dental bridge.
Dental Bridge Placement
When placing a dental bridge, our dentist will first remove some tooth enamel from the teeth on either side of the gap. This will allow room for the dental crowns, which anchor the bridge, to be placed over the teeth. Impressions will then be taken of your smile. These impressions will be used to create your individualized dental bridge. Once the bridge is complete, it will be cemented into place.
Dental Bridge Lifespan
If you care for your dental bridge well, it may last for 10 years or longer. Tooth decay is a big threat to dental bridges. Food can become trapped under the false tooth. This can cause decay to the teeth supporting the crowns, which would weaken the dental bridge.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Caring for your new dental bridge is simple. Clean the bridge in the same way that you clean your natural teeth. Brush and floss your dental bridge along with your natural teeth. Also, be sure to come to The Gentle Dentist for your regular dental appointments.
We welcome you to contact our office at 352-398-4064 today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.