If you are missing teeth due to extraction, trauma, or decay, the spaces left behind need to be filled for a variety of reasons.
Teeth on either side of the gap will loosen over time, and could ultimately fall out. Research reveals that those who do not replace a single missing tooth are at increased risk for further tooth loss. Meanwhile, your remaining teeth could shift out of position, which can create difficulty with speech and pronunciation. If your lost teeth leave a space that shows when you speak and smile, you may suffer from reduced self-confidence, which can negatively affect your quality of life.
In short, if you have lost a tooth, or require extraction, you owe it to yourself to explore how restorative options such as a dental bridge can protect the integrity of your smile.
At Nash Family Dentistry, Dr. Nash uses BruxZir® solid zirconia and e.max® to create dental bridges that look natural and function comfortably. BruxZir® Solid Zirconia is sintered, or heated, to make it strong, so it will resist chips and breaks better than porcelain. For patients who grind their teeth, strength contributes to a bridge’s longevity. After the bridge is heated, it is glazed to reduce the potential for plaque build-up.
e.max® is a ceramic appropriate for many dental applications, from veneers to large bridge units. The brand and type of material Dr. Nash prefers for your prosthetic will depend on your circumstances and needs. He’ll explain his recommendation before treatment begins.
For the procedure itself, Dr. Nash will prepare two healthy teeth on either side of the space left by lost teeth. These two natural teeth, known as abutment teeth, will secure the dental bridge. We will take an impression of your mouth and send it to the dental lab, where your custom bridge will be created. You’ll wear a temporary bridge until your next visit.
Once the final dental bridge is in our office, in about a week or two, you’ll need to return. Dr. Nash will remove your temporary and cement the permanent appliance into place, after checking the fit and your bite alignment (or occlusion). Before you leave, we will provide you with postoperative instructions that detail easy care and maintenance for your new prosthetic. In most cases, bridges last 10 years or more.
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Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Vicksburg, MS, at the corner of Mission 66 and Mission Park Drive. When you visit us for the first time, you’ll meet our friendly, patient-centered staff, and enjoy personalized care at its best. Our treatment rooms are built for patient comfort, with bird feeders you can see through the beautiful bay windows.