Is there a gap in your smile that you wish wasn’t there? A bridge may be just the solution for you. A bridge is a permanent prosthetic device that may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth and are cemented onto the neighboring teeth. If left unfilled, the remaining teeth could shift or rotate to fill in the gap and may throw off your bite. The misaligned teeth could then cause a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or gum disease to develop.
A bridge can take two or more visits to the dentist to complete. Crowns are placed on the neighboring teeth, called abutments, to serve as anchors for the bridge. A fabricated tooth, called a pontic, will be attached to the crowns covering the abutments. But first, your dentist may make an impression of your teeth so that a custom bridge can be made that is perfect for you. A temporary bridge can be created to protect the abutment teeth in the meantime.
While bridges are designed to last several years, or even a lifetime, they could become loose or come out. If a problem arises, you can contact Grover Family Dentistry and schedule an appointment. One way to protect their lifespan is to have good oral hygiene. Be sure to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
For more information on bridges, questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Groover, please call our office in Savannah, GA, at 912-354-9541. We look to helping you regain a smile you can be proud to show once more!