If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Fortunately, there are many options available to you to replace missing teeth and restore your dental health and appearance. Azar Mahmoudi, DDS and the team at Pūr Dentistry in San Ramon, California, are experts at installing and managing dental bridges, just one of the options available. Call or go online today to schedule your initial consultation.
A dental bridge is a device that is used to replace missing teeth. It attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth, on either side of the replacement tooth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth, and can be removed only by a dentist. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments and can be taken out and cleaned by the patient.
The attachment procedure is usually completed in two or three appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Azar prepares the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. Since the bridge must be precisely fabricated, ensuring the correct bite and match to the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Lastly, the team at Pūr Dentistry cements the bridge to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth, with a pontic, or false tooth, seamlessly replacing the missing tooth. Dental crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth with a natural look and feel, making your smile appear as fresh and beautiful as it did before the original tooth went missing. In addition, many patients find that it is easier to speak naturally once they have their missing teeth replaced with a bridge. Aside from their obvious benefit to appearance and confidence, it is important to the health and structure of your mouth to replace missing teeth, as it can lead to an increased risk of gum disease or misalignment of your jaw if left unattended.
Dental bridges are a long-term solution to missing teeth and can last anywhere from 5-15 years. As always, practicing proper oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing, is important for the health of your mouth as well as the longevity of your bridges.
To learn if a bridge is the right solution for your situation, call or go online today to schedule a consultation with the team at Pūr Dentistry.