Dental Bridges can Give You a Gap-Free Smile
Dr. Wesley O. Lynch has decades of experience providing customized dental bridges to patients missing one or more adjacent teeth to restore the appearance and function of their smiles. Leaving gaps of missing teeth in your smile affects more than just your appearance—it can leave you vulnerable to infections, further tooth loss, and more. Dr. Lynch uses lifelike materials for the custom bridges he places at our Ruston, LA, office, so your smile can be both beautiful and functional.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are artificial teeth that fill in the gap left by one or more missing teeth in a row. Traditional bridges support these artificial teeth with dental crowns, which are placed over the two natural teeth on either side of the gap. Implant-supported bridges are constructed similarly, but rather than fitting over the adjacent teeth, the crowns are affixed to dental implants for superior strength and durability.
Why Missing Teeth Should be Replaced
You may think one or two missing teeth is no big deal. Many patients believe that missing teeth affect only their appearance, and if the missing teeth are at the back of your mouth, there is even less cosmetic impact. However, leaving gaps in your smile where healthy teeth once were can lead to a lot of other complications, including:
- Trouble chewing and speaking clearly
- Misaligned jaw due to overcompensating when eating
- Shift of nearby teeth, creating more gaps
- Increased risk of gum disease, decay, and infections
- Potential for additional tooth loss
What are the Benefits of Bridges?
The biggest benefit of both traditional and implant-supported bridges is keeping your surrounding healthy teeth in place. The artificial teeth of the bridge prevent shifts and also protects against tooth loss. By filling the gap in your smile, a bridge can also make eating more comfortable and enhance your ability to speak clearly.
An implant-supported bridge offers the additional benefit of preventing bone loss. After one or more teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth begins to deteriorate. Because the dental implants replace the lost tooth roots, the bone is continually stimulated and bone loss is avoided.
Leaving gaps of missing teeth in your smile affects more than just your appearance—it can leave you vulnerable to infections, further tooth loss, and more.
How is a Traditional Bridge Created and Placed?
The treatment process for a traditional bridge is a two-step process. During your first appointment, Dr. Lynch will evaluate your teeth and gums to ensure you are a good candidate for a bridge. If he determines that you could benefit from a bridge, you are, he can begin reshaping the teeth that will support the crowns. Once the size of these teeth has been reduced to accommodate your restoration, a member of our team can take impressions of your teeth and gums to ensure that your bridge will fit securely and comfortably in place. Dr. Lynch may place temporary crowns or a provisional bridge to protect your teeth and give you greater functionality until your next appointment.
Healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile are reshaped to accommodate a dental bridge that will fit securely and comfortably in place.
The impressions we take are sent to a dental lab were a technician will fabricate your custom bridge to Dr. Lynch’s specifications. In approximately two weeks, you can return to our office for the bridge placement. Dr. Lynch will remove any temporary restorations and double check the fit and shading of your bridge before cementing it in place.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Dr. Lynch has many decades of experience as a restorative dentist. Additionally, our trusted partner lab uses state-of-the-art materials to help you achieve a dazzling, gap-free smile. If you have a number of missing teeth that you want to address, contact us online today to schedule a consultation. You can also call (318) 251-0163 to speak to a member of our team.