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Bailey Family Dentistry | Bridges in Covington

2301 North Hwy 190 ~ Suite 4
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 809-9697
baileydentistry@bellsouth.net 
Thomas Bailey, DDS
Bridges
 

Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.

The process of creating a bridge begins by preparing abutments on your existing teeth to which the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been prepared, an impression is taken of the area then sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the impression to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of crowns on either end to place on the prepared abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces the space of your missing tooth.

Dr. Bailey will then fit you with a temporary bridge while the lab fabricates your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit (usually 2 to 3 weeks) to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and Dr. Bailey will then secure the permanent bridge.

The bridge may take an adjustment period to get used to, but after a few days it should feel completely natural in your mouth.  After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.

If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes such as tooth shifting or opposing tooth hyper erruption in your mouth, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Make an appointment today to let us help restore your smile.

 
 
 
Covington Dentist | Bridges. Thomas Bailey is a Covington Dentist.
2301 North Hwy 190 ~ Suite 4
Covington, LA 70433