Do you suffer from tooth loss and feel self-conscious because of the gap or gaps in your smile? If your answer is yes, then you can rest assured that at GoPro Dentistry in Riverside, California, skilled dentist, John Rezaei, DMD, has a solution for you with dental bridges. A dental bridge fills a gap in your smile through the use of a prosthetic tooth or teeth connected on the sides by dental crowns. For further information on bridges and how they can help you achieve your best smile, call the office or schedule your appointment online.
A dental bridge is made to fill a gap in between your teeth through the use of one or more false teeth, called a pontic. Your false teeth are connected on each side by two crowns, known as an abutment. In the case where there are no healthy adjacent teeth, your dentist at GoPro Dentistry may recommend you use a dental implant instead.
There are a variety of reasons for dental bridges, such as:
By not replacing your missing teeth with a bridge, you’re risking atrophy of your jaw bone. In turn, this can lead you to lose some of your facial structure.
Common types of dental bridges are fixed and removable bridges.
A fixed bridge is a great permanent solution for people who have missing teeth and haven’t suffered from too much atrophy in their jaw bone. This solution involves placing a prosthetic tooth or teeth in between two crowns.
Removable bridges are a convenient solution that isn’t permanently attached to your neighboring teeth, like with fixed bridges. Instead, a removable bridge is a prosthetic tooth or teeth attached to your adjacent teeth using clasps. This makes it easy to clean and less expensive than fixed bridges.
To begin, your dentist injects a local anesthetic at your procedure site to create a pleasant and painless experience. They then re-shape your abutment teeth allowing room for crowns to be placed over them. Afterward, the GoPro Dentistry staff takes impressions of your teeth to create a model for your dental bridge. Creating your custom bridge takes about three weeks. In the meantime, your dentist provides you with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth.
On your next visit, your dentist checks the health of your gums to ensure effective cementation of your bridge. At the final visit, your dentist removes your temporary bridge and places your new permanent bridge on your teeth.
Dental bridges provide a life-changing experience since they improve your oral health and re-shape your smile. To hear more about how they can help you, call the team at GoPro Dentistry today or schedule your appointment online.