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Missing teeth can make you look older, and feel self conscious about your appearance. A full set of teeth will enable you to speak and eat more effectively, and can make you look younger. Gaps in your smile give bacteria and plaque extra places to breed and accumulate. Filling those gaps helps to keep your smile healthy.

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may find that a dental bridge can give you back your smile. Dentures may be too uncomfortable for some people to wear. Not everyone is a good candidate for implants due to medication or a medical condition. A bridge is a great compromise between the two.

To place a dental bridge, the dentist will use the two teeth on each end of the gap in your smile. Your dentist will remove the outer enamel of those teeth to expose the dentin. Those teeth will serve as the anchors for your bridge. Your dentist will make an impression of the area, which will be sent to a dental lab. While your new bridge is being crafted, your dentist will place a set of temporary crowns and a bridge in your mouth. When the permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will place it in your mouth with dental cement.

Your dental bridge still needs to be brushed and flossed just like your regular teeth. Additionally, your bridge should be flossed. However, it may be difficult to floss around your bridge, and a water flosser or floss threader may solve the problem.

If you are missing teeth and are considering different options for restoration, talk with our dentist, Dr. Michael J Leahy at Michael J Leahy DDS in Columbus. Ohio. Call 614-848-4900 today to schedule an appointment.