Dental Bridges in Vinton, VA
Are missing teeth causing embarrassment and making you feel self-conscious? We all want to create a positive first impression, and your smile says a lot about you. If you've been putting off treatment, replacing a missing tooth may not be as complicated as you think. A simple restoration like a dental bridge placed at our dental office in Vinton, VA may be all you need to restore your smile and let you get on with your busy life.
Dr. Law and the rest of our team realize that having a missing tooth may make you feel embarrassed. We understand your concerns and will help you get the problem fixed quickly and affordably. We are here to make the process as stress-free as possible. Caring for your oral health and making sure you get the dental health care you need is a responsibility we take very seriously.
Why Do I Need a Bridge?
Missing teeth don't just look bad. Your teeth are designed to help you chew and speak properly. When a tooth is missing, these simple actions become difficult and uncomfortable. A missing tooth can also cause problems that affect your oral health. The empty space left by a missing tooth may cause surrounding teeth to move and change position. In the long run, this can lead to problems like crooked teeth and an altered bite that is more complicated and expensive to fix and may eventually cause further damage to your remaining teeth.
What Is a Dental Bridge Used For?
A bridge is a dental restoration that is used to improve the health of your smile when one or more teeth are missing. It is also referred to as a “fixed bridge” because it is permanently attached to your teeth. A fixed bridge is usually made up of three or more pieces – two dental crowns that are secured to neighboring teeth and a replacement tooth that fills the empty space left by a missing tooth.
Why Is a Fixed Bridge Important?
You may not realize it, but your teeth are constantly shifting. A fixed bridge can solve a lot of the problems this movement creates because it:
- Acts as a placeholder and prevents surrounding teeth from drifting into the space
- Restores your ability to chew normally
- Restores and beautifies your smile
What Happens When I Get a Dental Bridge?
Placing a fixed bridge usually requires at least two appointments. First, Dr. Law will reshape the neighboring teeth slightly to make sure that the crowns fit perfectly. We take impressions of your teeth, and these are used to create the permanent fixed bridge. We will also make a temporary bridge for you to wear while the permanent bridge is custom-crafted at our dental lab.
When you return to our dental office in Vinton, VA for your second visit, the new permanent bridge will be adjusted for comfort and to create a perfect bite. The final step is to cement the bridge permanently in place. Before leaving our office we will give you instructions for caring for your new bridge. Good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings will help keep your bridge in good condition for many years.
Call Us for More Information
We want to make sure that you have all the information you need before making any decisions. Our team is here to answer your questions and help you understand the process, so please don’t hesitate to call our practice at (540) 342-4945.