If you have missing teeth, then you should take comfort in knowing that Dr. Julie Gillis is less concerned about why they are missing than she is about restoring your smile. Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons, including severe decay, gum disease or traumatic injury. In any case, replacing one or more missing teeth is vitally important, because even one lost tooth can lead to other oral and general health problems. With a crown and bridge, Dr. Gillis and her team in Grand Junction, CO, have restored smiles for many people in the area and they can do the same for you.
When a person has lost teeth, the consequences are both physical and psychological. Physically, there is the obvious absence of a tooth in your mouth, which people see when you eat, talk, smile and laugh. Psychologically, having missing teeth can harm your self-confidence and reduce your willingness to engage socially and professionally. And let’s not forget that missing teeth can lead to serious oral health concerns—gum disease, shifting teeth, TMJ disorder, additional tooth loss—as well as systemic conditions that result from your inability to eat nutritiously.
What are Dental Bridges?
If you are missing one, two or three teeth, then a dental bridge may be the ideal solution. A bridge, as the name suggests, spans the gap left by lost teeth. The bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth, or pontic, that covers the space of your missing tooth plus two crowns that hold the bridge in place. The crowns are placed over strong, abutment teeth on either side of your missing teeth. Alternatively, if the teeth nearby are not sturdy enough to support crowns, they can also be affixed to dental implants.
To ensure that your dental bridge fits perfectly, we will take x-rays and impressions of the area affected, as well as pre-procedure photos. Then, once Dr. Gillis, the dentist Palisade depends on for restorative dentistry, prepares the abutment teeth, we’ll take another impression. Both will be used to design and fabricate your custom-made teeth replacement. While our dental labs works on your bridge, we’ll fit you with a temporary bridge, so your teeth and gums are protected. You’ll return to our office in a couple of weeks for Dr. Gillis to fit and cement the bridge into place.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you would like to know whether or not a dental bridge is the solution for your missing teeth, then call the office of Dr. Julie Gillis for restorative dentistry Grand Junction and nearby communities trust. We serve patients from the Western Slope of Colorado, eastern Utah and Fruita, Palisade and Orchard Mesa, CO.