For people who live in Seattle and Kenmore, bridges are a daily part of life. Without them, getting around would be rather difficult. Dental bridges aren’t really that much different: without them, smiling confidently and eating comfortably can be a challenge. Dr. Taba expertly designs, crafts and places dental bridges that span the gap of missing teeth, so you can enjoy your smile once again.
If you’ve been dealing with tooth loss for some time, then you know the ramifications. The most obvious, of course, is your appearance when you smile, eat or laugh; just knowing that other people are seeing your missing teeth can make some people so uncomfortable, they begin to avoid social situations and business meetings. In your mouth, missing teeth can be the beginning of other problems, too, such as gum disease, tooth decay and shifting teeth. Moreover, tooth loss is one of the leading causes of malnutrition. If you aren’t able to chew certain foods—fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, nuts, grains—then your diet suffers. All in all, the need to replace missing teeth is important to your self-confidence, your oral health and your general health.
Seattle Bridges the Gap
Like the bridge across the Sammamish River, a dental bridge needs sturdy support on either end. This support is provided by abutment teeth, which are healthy teeth positioned alongside the gap in your smile. At your first appointment for a dental bridge, Dr. Taba will remove some of the tooth structure from these two teeth in order to make room for dental crowns. After these teeth are prepared, we’ll take an impression of them that is sent to our trustworthy dental lab where your crowns and bridge will be produced. While your permanent dental bridge is under construction, you’ll wear a temporary that Dr. Taba places at the conclusion of this preparatory appointment.
At the next appointment, Dr. Taba will remove the temporary and check to make sure that the permanent bridge fits precisely. A bridge needs to fit seamlessly alongside adjacent teeth as well as in opposition to the teeth above or below; we don’t want you to feel your dental bridge every time you bite down. Some minor adjustments may be necessary. Once your bridge is cemented into place, you’ll be able to immediately smile, talk and eat with confidence.
Call Dr. Taba's office to schedule a consultation appointment. We can answer all of your questions about dental bridges. We're happy to help families from Seattle, Kenmore, Mill Creek, Bothell, Woodinville, Juanita, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and other nearby communities.