Are you looking to replace missing teeth? Dr. Roger H. Koslen at Roger H. Koslen D.D.S., P.A. in Naples, Florida, offers dental bridges to “bridge” the gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. Located in Naples, Florida, Dr. Koslen’s practice can provide this simple, cost-effective appliance in as few as two office visits. To learn more about bridges, call or use the online scheduling tool and set up a consultation at the office.
Bridges are sets of prosthetic teeth that are used to fill gaps in your smile. They are custom-made to fit your mouth snugly and match the shade of healthy, natural teeth. With bridges, you not only transform your smile, but you also gain new replacement teeth that are sturdy and function just like natural teeth.
You can replace one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth with bridges. It’s an excellent non-surgical alternative to dental implants.
With Dr. Kolsen, getting a new set of bridges generally takes at least two in-office visits. At your first appointment, he evaluates the condition of your teeth and may file down your surrounding teeth to make sufficient room for your bridge. He then takes detailed impressions of your teeth which are sent off to an outside dental lab that produces your bridge.
When you come back in for your second appointment, Dr. Kolsen bonds the bridge to your teeth by cementing it to surrounding teeth that act as anchors. These anchoring teeth provide support and ensure that your bridge doesn’t slip or slide in your mouth.
A few weeks after your bridge has been placed, you’ll likely return for a follow-up appointment to monitor your progress.
Besides enhancing your smile, bridges provide several key oral health benefits. When you lose teeth, whether it’s due to decay or injury, your surrounding teeth are susceptible to shifting. This can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and bone loss. Bridges help prevent any tooth shifting.
Also, any resulting bone loss from missing teeth can cause facial drooping or sagging. A new bridge can enhance your facial structure and shape, helping restore or improve your appearance.
Typically, a dental bridge should last you at least 10 years, if not more. The key to ensuring your bridge lasts is taking excellent care of it by practicing good oral hygiene and coming to the office for regular visits. Maintaining checkups is important because your mouth changes naturally over time. Your bridge may also need minor adjustments from time to time.
If you’re interested in learning more about bridges, call or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation at the office.