Fixed Dental Bridges in Columbia, TN
Missing teeth come with a whole host of troubles. First and most obviously is that gaping hole in your mouth that you and everyone around you sees. And because everyone sees that hole, you may become more than a little self-conscious about your incomplete smile, which can lead to newly developed shyness and lowered self-confidence. As if this isn’t enough, people with missing teeth are often unable to eat a healthy diet and their ability to speak properly may also be affected. All of these troubles can be avoided with a fixed bridge that, as the name suggests, bridges the gap in your smile.
At Beck Dental Care, we’ve seen people of all ages who are missing teeth, which can come about for a number of different reasons, including:
- Advanced gum disease, which is the #1 reason for tooth loss
- Traumatic injury that causes a tooth to be knocked out
- Congenitally missing teeth
- Severe tooth decay that necessitates tooth extraction
Dr. Beck and Dr. Hart and the entire staff at Beck Dental Care want you to know that we are not here to judge. Regardless of why you have missing teeth, we want to help. And a fixed bridge is one of the most reliable, durable and convenient tooth replacement options available.
What is a Dental Bridge in Columbia, TN?
A bridge consists of two or more crowns that are bonded to healthy teeth on either side of your missing teeth. These anchoring teeth, called abutments, are attached to a false tooth or teeth that fill the space of your missing teeth. False teeth, also called pontics, are usually made of dental porcelain chosen to match the color of your existing teeth. Once cemented into place, your fixed bridge will look and feel like a natural part of your smile.
Dental Bridge Procedure
Receiving a fixed bridge in Columbia, TN, takes two conveniently scheduled appointments. At the first, one of our dentists will prepare the abutment teeth, which need to be reshaped in order to accommodate the crowns that will fit over them. A small portion of enamel from these teeth will be removed from the sides and biting surfaces. Then, we’ll take an impression from which a model is created. Our dental lab uses this model as the basis for fabricating your customized fixed bridge. While the lab works on your permanent bridge, Beck Dental Care will provide a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth and exposed gum tissue.
At the second visit a couple of weeks later, we’ll remove the temporary. Then, the permanent bridge will be checked for fit and adjustments made if necessary. When we’re certain that your dental bridge is just right, the crowns will be bonded to your abutment teeth and the false teeth will be securely positioned where you previously had missing teeth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you would like to consult with any one of the dentists at Beck Dental Care to learn more about how a fixed bridge may be the solution to your missing teeth, call our dental practice in Columbia, TN. Dr. Victor Beck and Dr. Hart provide Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, and Lewisburg residents with a comprehensive menu of general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.