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Dental Bridges – Valparaiso, IN

We Can Bridge the Gaps in Your Smile

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Are you missing one or more teeth in a row? Instead of suffering through having spaces in your grin, it may be time to see if a dental bridge in Valparaiso is right for you. A dental bridge involves placing a dental crown on either end of the gap in your smile, with several artificial teeth strung in between to help literally bridge the gap. This set of prosthetic teeth is incredibly secure and stable, allowing you to enjoy all kinds of healthy and crunchy foods again to your heart’s content. If you’re sick of dealing with tooth loss, contact us at Creating Smiles, PC today to determine whether a dental bridge is just the thing you need to get your smile and oral health back on track.

Why Choose Creating Smiles, PC for Dental Bridges?

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Bridges?

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If you’re missing one or more teeth consecutively, then a dental bridge may be perfect for you. Ideal candidates for bridges must also be in generally good oral and overall health, meaning you must be free from gum disease, or at least be willing to undergo gum disease treatment before getting your bridge placed.

In order to be successfully fitted with bridges, the remaining natural teeth on either side of your gap must be healthy enough to support dental crowns. If that doesn’t describe you, then you may have to seek some other form of tooth replacement.

The Process of Receiving a Bridge

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Getting a dental bridge takes more than one appointment. During your first visit, your dentist in Valparaiso will reshape your teeth that will house the crowns that will hold the bridge in place, either by filing them down or filling them up. Once your teeth have been successfully reshaped, we’ll take an impression of your missing tooth and its surrounding teeth. This impression is then sent off to our dental lab, where your bridge will be custom-made to fit your mouth and your mouth alone. To fill your gap in the meantime, we can place a temporary bridge. When your permanent restoration is ready a few weeks later, you’ll return to our office, where we’ll remove your temporary and place your permanent bridge. We’ll check to make sure it lines up with your bite and fits properly in your mouth.

How to Care for Your Dental Bridge

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With good enough home care, the life of your dental bridge can surpass 10 years. The main reason that bridges fail before a decade has passed is because cavities form on the crowned teeth. To prevent this from happening, brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. Also, be sure to floss around your bridge to keep plaque from forming there and causing decay and gum disease. Lastly, attend your regular checkups and cleanings with us every six months to make sure your bridge is still in good condition.

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