If you have a gap in your smile from a missing tooth or missing teeth, your smile’s appearance may not be the only thing at risk. Without a tooth in the area of the gap, the surrounding teeth and gums become more vulnerable to bacteria and disease. However, bridging the gap can lower the risk of disease and improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Your Mansfield dentists, Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris, discuss the application and benefits of dental bridges.

Applying a Dental Bridge

If your Mansfield dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, determine that a dental bridge is the best treatment for your missing tooth or teeth, they will take impressions of your teeth so that your bridge can be custom made to fit perfectly into your mouth. They will also determine the shade of the surrounding teeth to ensure uniform and cohesive cosmetic results.

On a subsequent visit after the bridge has been made, Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will test that the bridge fits properly. They will then bond the bridge to the surrounding teeth using a dental cement that will keep the bridge firmly in place. After the bridge is bonded into place, the restoration is complete.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can protect surrounding teeth and improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. When a tooth falls out, the aesthetic appeal of a smile is not the only thing that suffers. The teeth surrounding the gap become vulnerable to decay. They may also drift out of position, causing orthodontic problems. Lastly, a patient’s quality of life may suffer. Eating may become uncomfortable, and the missing tooth can affect speech. Dental bridges eliminate these problems and provide a convincing and quality restoration.

Schedule a Visit with Your Mansfield Dentists

If you have lost a tooth, your oral health could be at an increased risk. Closing the gap with a dental bridge can eliminate these risks and restore your smile. Schedule an appointment with your Mansfield dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, by calling 817-473-6227. We proudly serve Mansfield and the surrounding communities of South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, and Midlothian.