in Mission Valley, CA
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and form an attachment between artificial and adjacent natural teeth. The bridges can be either attached permanently or be removable. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on abutment teeth or bonding the artificial teeth directly to abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached using the metal clasps or by precision attachments.
There are various important reasons for wearing a bridge. This helps provide support to the lips and cheeks. The loss of back teeth may cause your mouth to sink and the face to appear older. Your dental health is what bridges are designed to improve. Unusual stress is placed on the gums and other oral tissues. Patients with missing teeth also have an increased risk of gum disease, this can be minimized with a bridge.
A bridge is attached after the teeth have been prepared. This may require a process in which a portion of the enamel is removed from teeth on either side of the gap. Since the bridges must be fabricated to improve the bite and match opposing teeth, impressions are created and sent to the lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Fixed bridges are generally cemented to natural teeth next to the space created from the missing tooth. A pontic or false tooth will replace the lost tooth. Crowns are cemented on natural teeth and provide support for the bridge.
The materials used in bridge fabrication include gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of them all. To maintain the longevity and effectiveness of bridges, ensure a consistent regime of brushing and flossing. You can find additional information about dental bridges in San Diego by scheduling a consultation at Dr. Cassell’s office.
If you have questions or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (619) 220-7475.