Having a missing tooth can be detrimental both to your confidence, and to your overall health. The hole that is left when you have a missing tooth can make it difficult to chew and speak properly, and over time could lead to bone loss or other problems that impact the shape of your face or cause other teeth to drift out of place. In addition, a missing tooth could impact your social life and even your ability to get a job.
Bridges are a durable, safe and effective procedure to fill gaps in your teeth, replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile and your confidence. These prostheses literally “bridge” the gap left between two teeth when you are missing one or more of your natural teeth. They are fixed in place, so they won’t fall out, and are anchored to the surrounding teeth using crowns. A bridge may also be an option for someone who has a removable partial denture and would like a more permanent solution.
While a bridge can be made of materials like gold, metal alloys, porcelain, or some combination of these materials, the most popular is porcelain because it can be designed to match the color of your existing teeth. A porcelain bridge will provide you with a natural look for your new prosthetic tooth, and at Caring Smiles our goal is to create one that looks so much like your real teeth nobody will be able to tell the difference.
Getting a porcelain bridge in Boise, ID requires at least two visits to the dentist—the first to prepare the surrounding teeth for the crowns and get an impression of your mouth to send to the lab where they will create the bridge, the second to install the bridge and cement it in place. In the interim we can provide you with a temporary bridge to prepare you for the permanent one.
After the Procedure
Once the porcelain bridge is placed it’s important that you follow our instructions to properly care for your new teeth. Regularly brushing and flossing around your bridge, the same way you would with your real teeth, is critical in preventing the buildup of bacteria that could lead to problems like gum disease or damage to the surrounding teeth. We also recommend that you visit your dentist routinely for cleanings and exams to make sure your bridge is in good shape.
Schedule a Consultation Today
To find out more about porcelain bridges in Boise, ID, contact Caring Smiles at 208 893-5000 today and come see us for a consultation.