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Tooth loss can pose serious challenges to one who is suffering from it. Eating becomes more of a chore, speaking can be more difficult, and self-confidence can take a real hit if the vacancy is visible. Fortunately, there are many ways to replace missing teeth. One effective method is a dental bridge.

Dental bridges are appliances that attach to strong existing teeth. These teeth, called abutment teeth, hold crowns that are attached to the false tooth or teeth, known as pontics. The whole device integrates seamlessly into your mouth and enables full use again.

To design and construct an effective bridge, impressions of your own teeth are taken and used as models. Abutment teeth need to be recontoured so that the new crowns fit properly. The fitting process for your new bridge can take some time, but is incredibly important for a lasting fit. Once all adjustments have been made, your bridge will be cemented into place.

Although speaking and eating will become much easier after your bridge is completed, it may take some time to fully adjust to it. Eating softer foods for a while can help. Be sure to take good care of your remaining natural teeth, as well as the new appliance. Gum disease and tooth decay can lead to more tooth loss, but good maintenance can help your bridge last its full life.

If you live in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area and have suffered tooth loss, call Anthony Gonzalez, DDS at 361-387-1507 today to schedule your consultation. It’s time to have a full smile again.