The impact tooth loss and extraction have on the smile is significant. When Kirkland, WA area patients are faced with missing or extracted teeth, it is critical that they seek restoration as soon as possible. This helps ensure that the remaining teeth do not shift out of place and maintain a properly functioning smile. Additionally, restoring the smile immediately after tooth loss can make it seem as though the tooth loss never even happened! Gaps between the teeth can be resolved with a dental bridge.
Dr. Ann Kelley describes the dental bridge as a tooth replacement created from porcelain. This restoration includes false teeth fused to dental crowns on each side. The crowns are bonded onto the adjacent teeth for support, essentially helping to “bridge the gap” between the teeth. It restores the beauty and function of the smile for a patient, which can dramatically change their quality of life!
There are a variety of tooth replacement options available for patients to consider. But how do you know if a dental bridge is right for you? During an initial evaluation and consultation appointment with Dr. Ann Kelley, patients can determine if they are a good fit for a dental bridge. Many patients end up choosing dental bridges because they are:
When patients choose to have dental bridges placed, they need to have the adjacent teeth prepared for the placement of the crowns. This requires the removal of some tooth structure surrounding the teeth. Impressions are made and used to create the final bridge to ensure a proper fit. The laboratory fabricates a dental bridge that matches the remaining teeth in color, shape, and size for a natural appearance. When complete, the bridge is bonded in place, and patients are educated on how to care for their restorations to extend their longevity.
Contact Dr. Ann Kelley and her team of professionals at Kingsgate Dental to discuss the benefits of dental bridges for your smile. Her facility is located at 12308 NE 144th Street in Kirkland, WA and accepts new patients and families.
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