When a patient is missing one or more teeth, Dr. Mark L. Pitel may recommend a dental bridge. A dental bridge is an appliance that closes the gaps in your smile by replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, which are called the abutment teeth. A tooth replacement is attached in between the dental crowns. Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge to do the following for you and your smile:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain your face shape
- Properly distribute the forces of your bite
- Keep the natural teeth from shifting
To place a dental bridge, our dentist will first prepare the abutment teeth to allow room for the dental bridge in your smile. Impressions of your teeth are made so that your dental bridge can be custom made. When the dental bridge is complete, our dentist will place it in your mouth to check the fit. Any necessary adjustments are made and then the dental bridge is permanently cemented in place.
To learn more about how a dental bridge in Poughkeepsie, New York, can improve your smile, we welcome you to contact our dental office today.