Posted .

Everyone is self-conscious about something, and unfortunately, too many people are self-conscious about their smiles because of missing teeth. Not only can missing teeth make us feel uneasy about our appearance, they can make us look older than we really are, and can make it difficult for us to eat or speak.

At Atwood Family Dental, one of the services we offer to replace missing teeth is a dental bridge. A bridge is permanent, fixed replacement for your teeth. A bridge can be made from gold, alloys, ceramics, or other material. They are attached to your existing teeth and unlike a partial denture, a bridge can only be removed by a dentist.

When you come into the office for a bridge, Dr. Greg Atwood may have to reduce the size of some of your teeth to make room for the new bridge. Once that is done, the doctor will make an impression of your teeth so that a mold can be made to cast the bridge. A temporary bridge will be made for you to wear until your permanent one is ready.

Depending on how you care for it, a bridge may last the rest of your life, or it may have to be replaced at some point. You should take care of your bridge the same way you take care of your teeth: by regular brushing, and trips to the dentist for checkups and cleanings. Your bridge will also last longer if you avoid chewing ice or hard foods or objects.

A bridge is just one of the options available for replacing missing teeth at Atwood Family Dental. Give us a call at 432.337.6165 to schedule a visit at our office in Odessa, Texas and we can schedule an appointment to see if a bridge is right for you.