Our Bridges Don’t Need Congressional Approval
When you’re missing a tooth or two, sometimes it’s tempting to save a few bucks and not have the gap fixed. But that’s a bad idea for a number of long-term dental health reasons. Instead, trust Drs. Kalil and Kress to fill the gap with a dental bridge. This is one infrastructure project that doesn’t need to be stuck in Congress, either — we place bridges all the time at Kalil & Kress.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge uses a false tooth or two to fill the gap. These false teeth are fused either to porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. The bridge is anchored on each end by crowns placed on the healthy teeth on each side of the missing teeth.
What bother to fill the gap?
Many people are missing a tooth or two and they simply leave them that way. But that’s a bad idea for a number of reasons. First, when a tooth or a couple of teeth are missing, the teeth on either side of the gap now don’t have any pressure on them to stay in place. Because of that, they tend to slide over into the open space. This creates all kinds of problems with your alignment and even your overall bite. Beyond cosmetic issues of crooked teeth, a bad bite can create jawbone pain that can spread throughout your mouth and down into your face and neck.
A bridge is excellent for replacing a tooth or two. If a patient needs more than two teeth, it’s often a better solution to replace them with a partial denture.
For a traditional bridge to be placed, the patient needs to have healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth. Crowns are placed on these teeth, which are technically referred to as the abutment teeth. In between the crowned healthy teeth is a third crown, the full artificial tooth. This tooth, clinically termed the pontic, is a porcelain false tooth that is connected to the porcelain or metal appliance anchored between the abutment teeth.
How is a bridge placed?
At Kalil & Kress, placing a bridge is a two-stage process. Once we’ve decided to go ahead with the bridge, we first perform a thorough exam and take a series of x-rays. Next we prepare the abutment teeth to receive their crowns. To do this we remove a minute amount of the healthy tooth on all four sides and from the top. We remove some healthy tooth matter to make room for the crown that will fit over the tooth. Once this is done, we take dental impressions of the teeth involved with the bridge, and send these impressions to the dental lab for the fabrication of your bridge. Until the bridge is finished, we place a temporary bridge on your teeth.
Once your appliance is finished, you return and Dr. Kalil or Dr. Kress checks the fit. We may need to adjust it for maximum comfort and the perfect fit. If we’re not completely sure the fit is perfect, we may install the bridge with temporary adhesive so you can try it out for a few days. Once we are all satisfied with the fit, we cement the bridge into place permanently.
If you’re missing a tooth, you shouldn’t just let it be. Call us at Kalil & Kress, 603-880-7004, and let’s talk about filling the gap with a bridge.