Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay, or simply wear results in the loss of a tooth. A missing tooth or teeth can create significant problems for your dental health if not properly corrected. Neighboring teeth may begin to move about, moving into the area and resulting in discomfort, pain, and more problems down the road.
Bridges made of porcelain “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Santiago creates a lifelike, functional bridge that will correct your smile, restore your bite, and alleviate your discomfort. A bridge is created out of porcelain, sometimes with a metal understructure for additional strength, and utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as its supportive structure. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A porcelain tooth is fused between the crowns to fill the area of missing tooth. When the bridge is placed, you’ll have a complete, beautiful smile that both feels great and functions perfectly.