Rebuild Your Smile with Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can be more significant than just the cosmetic consequence on your smile. It can significantly impact your daily life, affecting how your other teeth function, altering your jaws’ alignment, and even changing your facial structure. Even worse, missing teeth can increase your risk of dental shifting, infection, gum disease, and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Dental Bridges
A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.

At Lifestyle Dentistry, Smyrna, Georgia, Dr. Aja Nichols and her team understand the importance of restoring your smile’s functionality and appearance. Our comprehensive dental services include dental bridges, regardless of the number of teeth you are missing or the reason for their loss. We aim to help you regain a full, healthy, and beautiful smile, enabling you to go about your daily life comfortably.

By choosing Lifestyle Dental, you can trust that our expert team will provide you with the best care possible, ensuring a comfortable and practical treatment experience. Don’t let missing teeth hold you back any longer.

What Can Dental Bridges Do for Me?

Losing teeth can happen for many reasons, from accidents to oral health issues such as oral cancer, gum disease, severe tooth decay, or extraction. Choosing to ignore this issue can lead to many problems, including speech difficulties, tooth decay, gum disease infections, and even bone loss.

The good news is that replacing missing teeth also helps you maintain excellent oral health. Although feeling self-conscious about missing teeth is understandable, please don’t be ashamed or avoid treatment. Dental bridges are a fantastic option for tooth replacement in many cases, providing a viable alternative to implants or dentures. By choosing the right solution, you can maintain your smile’s health and appearance for a lifetime.

The Process of Getting a Dental Bridge

Getting your new dental bridge is pretty simple. Here’s a step-by-step explanation.

During your first visit

Step 1: When getting a bridge, Dr. Nichols will prepare the natural teeth surrounding the gap. In the case of traditional and cantilever bridges, these teeth need to be filed down and reshaped to accommodate a crown. On the other hand, with Maryland bridges, the teeth will undergo a thorough cleaning process.

Step 2: After the preparation of your teeth, the dentist will create a mold of them and send it to a dental laboratory. There, your personalized crowns and the bridge will be expertly crafted.

Step 3: In some cases, temporary crowns may be required to safeguard the shaped teeth and reduce discomfort until you get the permanent bridge during your next appointment. 

During your second visit

Step 1: Your temporary crowns will be removed. Additionally, your natural teeth will be checked and given another thorough cleaning.

Step 2: Dr. Nichols will fit your permanent bridge and bond or cement your permanent crowns.

Step 3: In a few cases, Dr. Nichols may use a temporary bonding agent or cement to allow you first to try out your new bridge to make sure it’s comfortable or whether it needs adjustments.

Additional visits

After your dentist uses temporary cement or bond for your dental bridge, you must return for another appointment to see how it works. If everything looks good, your bridge will be permanently placed. But if you experience any discomfort, tell Dr. Nichols so she can make any necessary adjustments. After that, you’ll have a couple more weeks to test drive your bridge again before it’s permanently attached.

Your Bridge to a Better Smile

To learn more about dental bridges, please call Lifestyle Dentistry at (678) 884-4494 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nichols. 

We proudly serve the communities of Mableton, Marietta, Kennesaw, Austell, Brookhaven, and Downtown and Midtown Metro Atlanta. 

Aja Gilmore-Nichols, DDS

Dr. Aja Nichols

Aja Gilmore-Nichols, DDS, attended dental school in Indiana and served in the US Navy for five years before settling in Smyrna, GA. After receiving her Georgia licensure, she worked for ‘corporate dentistry’ and a mobile dental company caring for underserved elementary and middle school children before opening Lifestyle Dentistry in 2016.

Dr. Nichols focuses on the ABCs of dentistry: Airway, Breath, and Cosmetics. With a mission to “do the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons,” she likes to educate her patients so they can make informed decisions. She aims to provide relationship-focused dentistry that helps her patients achieve their dental goals.