It’s important that youas soon as possible. Otherwise, the other teeth in your smile could start to tilt toward the open space, loosen, and even fall out over time.
That’s why our dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, may recommend getting a dental bridge or other tooth replacement option.
Here’s what you can expect during the dental bridge process.
Consultation with Dr. Bandos
First, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bandos. During your appointment, she’ll examine the inside of your mouth and any X-rays we take during your visit. With this information, she’ll be able to determine if the dental bridge procedure is the right choice for you.
As the name suggests, a dental bridge will “bridge” the gap in your smile. It consists of a prosthetic tooth that’s anchored on both sides by dental crowns. Together, the prosthetic tooth and dental crowns make up one dental restoration.
Keep in mind that there is more than one treatment option for patients experiencing tooth loss. For example, Dr. Bandos may recommend dental implants or dentures.
Both of these options will replace the tooth that you lost and are also considered to be less invasive than the. This is because Dr. Bandos can replace a tooth with an implant or denture without having to remove enamel from the adjacent teeth.
Please remember that each patient is different. You won’t know what option is best for you until you have a discussion with our family dentist.
Preparation for the Dental Bridge
During your first appointment, Dr. Bandos will need to prepare the adjacent teeth on both sides of the gap. That way, they’re ready to receive the dental crowns.
First, we’ll shape the teeth that are on both sides of the empty socket so the bridge will have enough space to sit on top.
Next, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to the dental lab. The lab will then use these impressions to create a custom bridge.
In the meantime, Dr. Bandos will place temporary crowns over the teeth she just shaped. This will help protect them until you’re ready to return to our office for your second appointment.
Dental Bridge Placement
When you return for your second appointment, your dental bridge will be ready. Dr. Bandos will make sure that your bridge is the perfect fit and shade to match the rest of your teeth. That way, you’ll be able to leave our office with a smile that looks and feels natural.
Once Dr. Bandos confirms that the dental bridge is ready, she’ll remove the temporary crowns from your teeth and bond the bridge in place. She’ll also check your bite to ensure that the dental bridge won’t cause discomfort while you chew and eat.
Caring For Your Dental Bridge
In general, dental bridges tend to last longer when you maintain good oral health. For this reason, it’s important that you continue to practice good oral hygiene at home between your visits to Kalamazoo Smiles. This means brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. It’s also vital that you floss your teeth once a day to remove food particles and plaque stuck between teeth.
Call Kalamazoo Smiles to Get Started
Dr. Katherine Bandos is an experienced . As such, she’d be more than happy to discuss your smile goals and help you explore your tooth replacement options. To request an appointment, please call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700. You may also fill out our online contact form.
This blog post has been updated.