When teeth are missing, your smile undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth cause you to chew differently, and may cause mouth pain, and as your remaining teeth work to compensate for the loss, gaps and spaces form that only make the situation worse. A porcelain bridge, custom designed by Dr. Wohlers, keeps your smile aligned and your bite functional. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth or to crowns on either side of the missing tooth. They are semi-permanent, meaning they can only be affixed or removed by a dentist and are a long-term restorative solution to your damaged smile.
Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay or simply wear result in the loss of a tooth. A large gap in your smile left uncorrected, can create significant problems for your dental health. Over time your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to efficiently chew in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move about, moving into the gap and resulting in discomfort, pain, and more problems down the road. Porcelain bridges literlly “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Wohlers will create a natural looking, functional bridge to correct your smile,to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort. A porcelain bridge is created out of metal, alloys, or porcelain and utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as its supportive structure. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth (or pontic) is fused between the crowns to fill the gap. A bridge is a semi-permanent dental restoration, meaning it can only be removed by a dentist, so you can rest assured that your porcelain bridge will be a lasting restoration to your oral health.