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Now is the time to visit Dr. John J. Andre and our dental staff here in Louisa, Virginia, if you are experiencing discomfort or pain due to a missing tooth or teeth. Getting a dental bridge is one of the best solutions to restore a missing tooth. This placement not only fixes your smile but can restore your speaking and eating abilities as well as relieve pain or soreness.

Dental bridges can work to restore missing teeth, correct the alignment in your bite, and even fill in a space causing sunken cheek tissue. Installing a bridge will help improve speaking and eating abilities but your comfort as well. The first step you take towards a bridge installment is discussing with your dentist if this is the best treatment for you.

The next step involves a molding being taken to get the exact shape of your teeth to help determine the exact treatment needed. Your dental bridge can either be supported by both an implant and your natural teeth, or one by itself. Three different bridge approaches include a Maryland bridge, an artificial tooth bonded to surrounding teeth; a traditional bridge, crowns placed on surrounding teeth connected to the artificial tooth; or a cantilever, an artificial tooth connected to one crown placed on a surrounding tooth.

At your next appointment with your dentist, your bridge will be connected! Preservation of your dental bridge is vital in making sure it lasts for a long time. Proper care will result in the length of up to 10 years. If you don’t keep proper care of it, it can only last up to 5-7 years or result in infections. Give us a call at (540) 967-0777 to schedule a consultation or appointment at John J. Andre, DDS & Associates today!