Dental Bridges in Midwest City, OK
The loss of even one tooth can diminish your self-confidence because it's hard to feel good about yourself when you have to hide your smile. You also lose function of the tooth, which means eating and speaking comfortably become a problem because your teeth are intended to perform certain functions that allow you to eat comfortably.
Replacing teeth is essential for maintaining comfortable and efficient function. Dental bridges placed at Diamond Dental are a beautiful solution for addressing tooth loss. Our high-quality dental bridges restore your appearance and your confidence as well as maintaining your oral health.
Why Missing Teeth are a Problem
Each of your teeth has a particular function. Your front teeth, or incisors, are for cutting; canines, the sharp teeth at the front of your mouth, are for tearing and grasping food, while your molars are designed for chewing.
You can see that when you lose a tooth, you also lose its function. This excess force puts stress on remaining teeth because they now have to do jobs they were never designed to do, leading to pain and discomfort when you eat. This can lead to premature dental erosion and even fracturing of your teeth. Also, adjacent teeth will gradually shift into the empty space over time, which can lead to tooth misalignment, teeth grinding, and even TMJ.
Fixed Bridges for a Whole, Healthy Smile
A fixed bridge is a dental prosthetic designed to fill the gap left by one or more missing tooth. It is usually composed of an artificial tooth (called a pontic) that is attached securely to adjacent teeth with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is a stable, functional, and esthetic restoration.
Dr. Amaya uses dental bridges for the following reasons:
- Restore your ability to chew and eat normally
- Improve esthetics by filling empty space
- Prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of alignment
- Provide a fixed alternative to a removable partial denture
When we place a dental bridge, we start by preparing the adjacent teeth for the crowns. Using impressions of your teeth, we create a mold that’s used to fabricate your temporary and your final bridge. Your bridge is custom-crafted for you by skilled ceramists in a professional dental lab.
As soon as the final bridge is ready, we will have you return to our office, usually about two weeks after your initial appointment. During this visit, we adjust the bridge as necessary to ensure a perfect fit and a fully functioning tooth.
Please Call Us to Arrange a Consultation
If missing teeth make you feel embarrassed or cause you discomfort, now is the time to take the step to resolve the problem. With a dental bridge, we can quickly restore your teeth to full health and function so you can smile again with confidence.
Please give us a call if you’ve lost a tooth and aren’t sure what to do next. Dr. Amaya will be happy to sit down with you to discuss your situation and review all your options for tooth replacement.