Abbeville area dentist explains the dental bridge procedure and process
Bridges are a popular option for patients in the Abbeville area who are missing teeth. Natural missing teeth can cause an unattractive smile and may negatively affect chewing, biting, and speaking efficiency. Patients who do not tend to their lost teeth with a restoration may notice their existing teeth shifting out of place, which can affect the bite and the way the teeth wear. Patients who have lost teeth may benefit from restorations such as a dental bridge. This porcelain restoration consists of a pontic and two crowns fused together. They are bonded over the adjacent teeth for support to “bridge the gap,” hence the name.
The dental bridge procedure is relatively simple. Dr. Christopher T. Griffin provides these restorations due to their beauty and strength. Patients start with a consultation visit with the doctor to determine if bridges are a better solution than dental implants or dentures. If it has been decided that dental bridges are the most beneficial option, the doctor will begin by preparing the teeth. This will require removal of some enamel for the placement of the dental crowns. Once removed, impressions are made and sent to a ceramist who fabricates the bridge to the dentist’s specifications.
Within weeks, the dental bridge is sent to the dental office, and patients return to the practice for the final placement. Using dental bonding, the doctor places the bridge over the adjacent teeth. Patients leave the dental practice with a restored smile.
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin is committed to ensuring patients have a variety of options available to them for restoring their smiles and keeping them functioning at their best. If you are ready to learn more about dental bridges and the benefits they can provide, contact us today to schedule a visit. We are a low volume dental office that provides quality attention to new and existing patients interested in enhancing the health and beauty of their smiles.