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.
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.
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.