Halls Family Dentistry
General Dentist located in Knoxville, TN
The gap left by a missing tooth can cause your remaining teeth to shift, opening the door for a host of more serious oral health problems to move in. At Halls Family Dentistry in Knoxville, Tennessee, Linda Huang, DDS ensures the healthy shape of your smile by replacing missing teeth with dental bridges. If you need a tooth replaced, call or click online to book an appointment with Dr. Linda today.
Bridges Q & A
What is a dental bridge?
As the name suggests, a dental bridge literally bridges the gap left by one or more missing teeth. The middle of the bridge contains one or more false teeth to replace the ones you lost, while the two teeth on either side receive dental crowns to support and hold the bridge in place.
Crowns and bridges can be made from a variety of different materials, including porcelain, gold, and silver. Porcelain is a popular choice, not only due to its strength and durability but because this material easily blends in with the color of your natural teeth.
Who gets dental bridges?
If you have lost one or more teeth, you are far from alone. According to the American Dental Association, adults age 20-64 have an average of three missing or decayed teeth.
Bridges replace teeth that have fallen out or been extracted due to decay, injury, or gum disease.
What are the advantages dental bridges?
Dental bridges improve more than just the appearance of your smile. The space left in your mouth by a lost tooth can cause your remaining teeth to shift. If left untreated, this can lead to more serious issues, such as tooth decay and jaw bone deterioration.
In addition to restoring your smile and maintaining good oral health, dental bridges offer the following benefits:
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Allow for proper chewing
- Improve your ability to speak clearly
- Maintain the alignment of your teeth
How does a dentist install a bridge?
Prior to treatment, Dr. Linda examines your teeth and discusses the best options for tooth restoration. Once treatment planned, the process of getting a dental bridge requires at least two visits.
During your first visit, Dr. Linda prepares the support teeth by trimming them down to make room for the bridge. Impressions of your mouth are taken and sent to the dental lab, where experts fabricate your bridge.
Two to three weeks later, you return to the office and Dr. Linda installs your bridge. After she makes any minor adjustments for fit, you’re ready to walk out of the office with a stunning new smile.
Dental bridges typically last 5-15 years with proper care.
If you need to restore missing teeth, call Halls Family Dentistry.