Dental Bridge in Temple, TX
The loss of a tooth does more than create a cosmetic dentistry problem. Missing teeth make chewing difficult and may also affect your ability to speak properly. It can also lead to a sunken appearance of the face, bone loss, and misalignment of surrounding teeth.
Expertly Crafted Dental Restorations
The best solution for you may be a dental bridge, referred to as a fixed bridge when it’s cemented into place. It is a dental restoration designed to “bridge” the gap left when a tooth is missing.
Having a dental bridge or any other restoration placed is an investment in both time and money, and we want you to be completely happy with the results. Dr. Richard Leung is an expert at creating durable dental restorations that not only improve your oral health but also feel great and look just like your natural teeth.
What Does a Fixed Bridge Do?
We have used fixed bridges for many years to restore function and eliminate the space left by a missing tooth. The bridge is stabilized by attaching it to adjacent teeth with dental crowns. Dr. Leung may also recommend placement of dental implants to provide further support for the bridge, depending on your needs.
Using a dental bridge serves multiple purposes:
- Acts as a placeholder and prevents drifting of remaining teeth
- Enables you to chew and speak normally
- Restores and beautifies your smile
What’s Involved With Getting a New Bridge?
During the first appointment, Dr. Leung will prepare the teeth on either side of the empty space for dental crowns that will support the bridge. Next, we take impressions that are used to create a mold of your teeth, which are sent to our dental lab. The mold is used to create a custom-made bridge that fits your teeth perfectly. Before you leave our office, we will fit you with a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent bridge is being made.
Your second appointment takes place once the permanent bridge has been created. At this point, we will make any adjustments to ensure that the bridge fits properly. It is important that we take special care with this step to make sure that your dental bite lines up perfectly. The bridge is then secured in place with dental cement.
At the conclusion of this visit, we will provide you with instructions on how to properly care for your new permanent bridge. The life of your new bridge will be extended greatly by following proper brushing and flossing techniques and scheduling regular dental visits.
Reclaim Your Healthy, Happy Smile
With all the dental solutions available, there is absolutely no reason to go through life with a smile that you don’t love. If you’re interested in learning more about dental bridges or exploring other tooth replacement options, please give our Temple dental office a call to schedule a convenient consultation.