Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay or simply wear results in the loss of a tooth. A large gap in your smile left uncorrected, can create significant problems for your dental health. Over time your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Porcelain bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Drs. Wright, Luckenbaugh, and Townsend create a natural, functional bridge to correct your smile and to restore your bite! A porcelain bridge utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as its supportive structure. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth (or pontic) is then fused between the crowns to fill the gap. A bridge is a cemented dental restoration, meaning it can only be removed by a dentist, so you can rest assured that your porcelain bridge will be a lasting restoration to your oral health.
Q: What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?
A: By replacing missing teeth-either with an implant or bridge-you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and will restore your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A dental implant is an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post inserted directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures. A bridge is another solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile.
Q: I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?
A: You are not alone! Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or you may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneers, crowns or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of all these techniques. Drs. Wright, Luckenbaugh, and Townsend will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, your areas of concern, and the overall condition of your oral health.