Missing teeth can cause major changes to the function and appearance of your smile. Dental bridges are a popular and reliable solution to missing teeth. At Selma Sunshine Dental in Selma, California, Mandeep Sandhu, DDS, provides custom replacement teeth to restore the beauty and function of your smile. To find out if a bridge is a right option for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.
A missing tooth can impact the function of your smile, affecting the way you bite and speak. A dental bridge is a method of tooth restoration that uses the surrounding teeth to support the placement of an artificial tooth.
A dental bridge consists of multiple parts, including two crowns that go over the supporting teeth (also called abutment teeth) and the artificial tooth replacement (the pontic) that goes in between.
A dental crown is a tooth-colored covering used to protect and strengthen teeth. Traditional bridges use the surrounding teeth to bridge the gap created by a missing tooth. Crowns go over the surrounding teeth to help anchor the artificial tooth.
Getting a dental bridge requires multiple visits. During the first appointment, your dentist discusses your treatment plan and prepares the abutment teeth.
To prepare the abutment teeth, your dentist removes a portion of the enamel to make room for placement of the dental crowns.
Your dentist then takes impressions of your teeth to develop your custom dental bridge, pontic, and crowns. You may be required to wear a temporary bridge in the meantime.
Your dental bridge is placed during the second visit. The temporary bridge is removed and the custom bridge is placed and adjusted for a perfect fit.
A temporary cement may be placed for a few weeks to ensure it’s positioned correctly. The final step is to permanently cement the bridge into place.
Not all missing teeth can be restored with dental bridges. Implant bridges allow your doctor to restore multiple missing teeth without relying on support from surrounding teeth. Implant bridges are supported by a titanium abutment that’s implanted in your jaw.
You can get the longest wear out of your dental bridge with proper care. Dental bridges should be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth, with proper oral hygiene and regular dentist visits. Your dentist helps ensure your bridge receives the proper care.
If you’d like to speak to an oral health specialist about restoring your smile with a dental bridge, book an appointment by phone or online today.