Dental Crowns & Bridges in Belchertown
Whether you have recently lost a tooth or have been missing one or more teeth for some time, the need for tooth replacement cannot be understated. Of course, your teeth play an integral role in your oral health, but did you ever think about how important they are to your general health, as well? For example, chewing is the first step in digestion and maintaining a healthy diet. Unfortunately, missing teeth can interfere with your ability to eat foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Then there are the emotional and psychological considerations. People suffering tooth loss are often hesitant to fully join in social or professional gatherings because they are self-conscious about their compromised smiles.
Fortunately, Dr. Medaugh and his team at Valley Dentists of Belchertown have a solution: crown and bridge therapy. By combining the security of a porcelain crown with the natural aesthetic appearance of a pontic, or false tooth, we can replace one or more missing teeth and fill the gap in your smile.
Belchertown Crown and Bridge Procedure
Once Dr. Medaugh has examined the health of your teeth and gums and together you decide that a Belchertown dental crown and bridge is the best tooth replacement option for you, the process begins with x-rays and impressions of the area where the bridge will be placed. With a dental bridge, Belchertown patients of Dr. Medaugh can replace one or more consecutive teeth. The basic construct of a crown and bridge includes two crowns that are adhesively bonded to the teeth next to the open space (these teeth with crowns are called abutments) and one or more false teeth that literally bridge the gap in your smile.
We begin by administering a local anesthetic to the area requiring a bridge. Dr. Medaugh will need to partially reshape the abutment teeth, so that the crowns fit comfortably and seamlessly alongside your other teeth and do not interfere when you bite down. If the abutment teeth are severely decayed or otherwise damaged, Dr. Medaugh may need to build them up or replace them with dental implants.
Once the support teeth are prepared, we’ll take an impression that will be used to create the model our dental lab needs to fabricate your custom crown and bridge. Like any other prosthodontic, fit is critical in order to prevent other oral health problems such as decay or gum disease from developing. While the lab customizes your crown and bridge, we’ll give you a temporary to wear that will protect your prepared abutment teeth and gums. In a few weeks, the lab will send us your finished prosthetic and you’ll return to Valley Dentists of Belchertown. Dr. Medaugh will carefully examine the dental bridge and check to make sure the fit is perfect. Then, he will cement the two crowns over the abutment teeth and your crown and bridge procedure will be complete.
Belchertown Crown and Bridge Appointment
If you would discuss the option of replacing your missing teeth with a crown and bridge, then Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Medaugh and the experienced team at Valley Dentists of Belchertown . Dr. Medaugh is a highly qualified restorative dentist, now proudly serving patients daily throughout Belchertown, MA, Ware, Granby, Ludlow, Warren, Hardwick, Gilbertville, Hadley, Amherst, Palmer , and the surrounding communities.