When a tooth is missing, it can often lead to problems. These can include changes in occlusion (your bite), shifting of the surrounding teeth, and a higher risk of additional issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
In cases where only one or a few teeth are missing, Dr. Sprang or Dr. Stoycheff may suggest a dental restoration known as a fixed bridge.
A porcelain fixed bridge will place one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, in the gap created by the missing tooth/teeth. These pontics will be held in place by dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap.
Getting a fixed bridge will take more than one appointment. Your mouth will first be assessed by one of the dentists to ensure that it is healthy enough for the procedure, and any outstanding issues will be addressed. X-rays will be taken, the surrounding teeth will be prepared, and an impression will be made of your teeth, from which the bridge will be designed. You will be provided a temporary bridge while the final one is being manufactured.
Once the dental lab as created your final bridge, you will need to return to our office to have the bridge placed.
Your dental restoration should last for years, provided you take proper care of it. We will provide you with care instructions on how best to take care of your bridge. Brushing twice a day and flossing, as always, is necessary. In order to floss around the pontic, you will likely need a special floss threader. Feel free to speak with our team to go over the proper oral hygiene techniques.