Dental Bridges fuel self-confidence and fills gaps in your smile
Gaps do not have to mar your smile and self-confidence. We can replace missing teeth in a cost-effective, efficient, painless, and long-lasting manner with dental bridges. Dr. Daniel Appel may determine that you are a great candidate for tooth replacement with a bridge following an appointment at the Oroville Dentistry office.
A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.
We want to discuss tooth replacement options right away. The sooner we can replace a missing tooth following its extraction, the better your long-term oral and overall health will be. Patients who are missing teeth suffer quickly from a loss of bone in the jaw. Like your muscles, if you don’t “use” the jawbone, you lose it! The jawbone stays in shape from functions such as chewing and grinding food. But, with no overlying teeth to mash food, the underlying bony tissue resorbs or shrinks. The effects of this process are devastating; they can alter how you speak, eat, and even prematurely “age” you as supportive facial bone retreats and the skin falls and sags.
To benefit from conventional bridges, patients must have some remaining healthy teeth. These remaining teeth serve as “abutments” to anchor the replacement tooth that effectively “bridges” the gap between teeth.
For those patients who are determined to be good candidates for bridges, Dr. Appel will “prepare” the neighboring abutment teeth. These teeth must be crowned. In turn, crowned teeth can adequately support the replacement tooth (called a “pontic”). All crowns require the removal of tooth structure. The tooth is then shaped. So, the crown will fit on top of it perfectly. An impression is taken of the prepared teeth or treatment site. This impression will be used to make the crowns and pontic. While the permanent bridge is being made, we will place a temporary bridge.
During your second visit to our office, the temporary will be removed. The permanent bridge is then applied. We will ensure that the bridge looks and feels right before securely fixing it into place. The bridge itself is, at its most basic, made of three parts:
- One crown to the right side of the gap
- One crown to the left side of the gap
- The pontic
These pieces are then fused. So, Dr. Appel can cement the crowns to the anchor teeth. In doing so, the pontic in the middle fills the space between them. Your smile is complete!
Dental bridges come in many forms. The specific design for your bridges depends on the number of teeth that are missing and their locations. All bridges are designed to function like natural teeth, and, with proper care, they can last a lifetime. We may recommend special floss or brushes to aid in cleaning effectively underneath the bridge.
Call our team at Oroville Dentistry at (530) 783-7545 to schedule your consultation. We can also discuss alternatives to “traditional” bridges, such as bridges supported by dental implants.