Posts for: April, 2015
Your San Antonio dentist has a simple and effective way to replace a missing tooth.
Are you fed up with having an incomplete smile? Are you looking to replace that missing tooth? If so, your San Antonio dentist has the tooth replacement option you might be looking for.
What are crowns and bridges?
A dental bridge is an oral appliance that is used to replace a missing tooth and to help close up the gap left behind from tooth loss. The neighboring natural teeth help to hold the bridge firmly in place while an artificial tooth is then attached to the nearby teeth to create the bridge.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that goes over a damaged, fractured or weak tooth to improve its appearance and to provide additional strength and protection from further damage.
How can crowns and bridges make my smile look better?
If you are dealing with tooth loss a dental bridge can greatly improve the overall look of your smile by giving you a complete set of teeth. This is increase self-confidence in your appearance.
Furthermore, a dental bridge will also restore chewing and speaking, and preserves your facial structure (those with tooth loss often experience a facial collapse or sinking in of the cheeks). Since the bridges also replace a missing tooth it will prevent other teeth from moving out of position.
How will my San Antonio dentist put on my dental crown and bridge?
The first step to getting a dental bridge is to prepare the neighboring teeth, also known as abutments. These teeth will be shaved down and impressions will be taken. These impressions will then be sent to a lab where they will create your dental crowns and bridges.
Once this is complete, we will place the dental crowns over the two adjacent teeth to provide a foundation from which to firmly hold the bridge in place. Then we will cement the artificial tooth to the abutment teeth.
How long does a dental bridge last?
A dental bridge can last anywhere from five to 15 years, depending on how well you care for your teeth. This means adopting the best oral care practices and also seeing your San Antonio dentist every six months for routine care and to make sure your dental bridge is still healthy.
If you are looking to replace a damaged, weakened or missing tooth, then find out whether a dental bridge could help you get back that once beautiful smile again. Schedule a consultation with your San Antonio dentist, Dr. Emanuel Dehelean at Silver Oaks Dentistry.