Missing teeth can cause pain, not to mention embarrassment if your face looks misshapen or you have difficulty chewing. Yaron Tavory, DMD, PA and the skilled team at Tavory Family Dentistry in Boca Raton, Florida offer bridgework that looks and feels natural, so you can eat, speak, and feel confident about your appearance. To learn more about dental bridges, call the office to schedule an exam, or book an appointment online.
A bridge is a device designed to fill in a gap where one or more teeth are missing. The device includes a set of crowns, or artificial teeth, that has anchors that are attached to the remaining teeth on each side of the gap. A bridge is designed to look and feel like real teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak normally.
If you’re missing some, but not all, of your teeth, you may be a candidate for a bridge. A bridge can offer the following benefits:
A bridge also prevents you from injuring your jaw and remaining teeth by biting down or chewing.
There are many materials used to make dental bridges. The experts at Tavory Family Dentistry frequently recommend all-ceramic bridges, which look natural and are strong and durable. Some other options include gold and other metal alloys, porcelain, and resin bridges.
Your dentist at Tavory Family Dentistry discusses the best material for you during your consultation.
Your dentist at Tavory Family Dentistry installs your bridge over multiple visits. At the first visit, you receive a local anesthetic to make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. Your dentist prepares the anchor teeth to hold your bridge and takes an impression of your teeth, which is sent to the lab that’s building your permanent bridge.
Your dentist installs a temporary bridge at the end of your first visit, which you wear until your permanent one is ready. At your second visit, your permanent bridge is placed, adjusted for comfort, and cemented into place.
Bridges can last 5-15 years, depending on your brushing and flossing habits, and other factors. If you keep your gums and anchor teeth healthy with good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, you can extend the life of your bridge.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental bridges at Tavory Family Dentistry, call the office today, or schedule an appointment online.