At Dental Care of Fremont,dental bridges are a common restorative dentistry treatment that replaces one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that consists of artificial teeth supported by dental crowns placed on the natural teeth or dental implants adjacent to the gap. The pontics fill the space left by missing teeth, restoring the appearance and functionality of the smile. Dental bridges restore the ability to bite and chew properly, improving oral function. They distribute chewing forces across the adjacent teeth or implants, preventing excessive stress on the remaining natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Preservation of Jawbone and Facial Structure
When teeth are missing, the underlying jawbone can deteriorate over time. Dental bridges help preserve the jawbone by providing stimulation and support. They also help maintain the shape and integrity of the facial structures, preventing a sunken or aged appearance that can occur with tooth loss.
With proper care and regular dental check-ups, dental bridges can last for many years. Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings, are essential for the long-term success of dental bridges.
Improved Oral Health
Dental bridges help maintain oral health by preventing the shifting of adjacent teeth into the gap left by missing teeth. This helps to maintain proper alignment and reduces the risk of problems such as bite issues, jaw joint disorders, and uneven wear on the remaining teeth.
Customization and Comfort
Dental bridges are custom-made to fit your mouth and provide a comfortable and natural-feeling restoration. They are carefully designed to ensure proper bite alignment and minimize discomfort or irritation during normal oral function.
The Procedure for Dental Bridges
The supporting teeth on either side of the gap must be prepared to accommodate the dental bridge. This involves removing a small portion of enamel to create space for the dental crowns to hold the bridge. In cases where dental implants are used as supports, the implants are surgically placed in the jawbone. After teeth preparation, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and the gap. These impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where the dental bridge will be custom-made. In the meantime, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and maintain aesthetics. Once the custom dental bridge is ready, you will return to the dentist for the final placement. The dentist will check the bridge's fit, appearance, and bite alignment. Adjustments will be made to ensure a proper fit and natural appearance if necessary.
Dental bridges are designed to closely resemble natural teeth, enhancing the appearance of your smile. Get in touch with Dental Care of Fremont at 43195 Mission Blvd # B4, Fremont, CA 94539, or call (510) 651-8479 to determine if dental bridges are the right treatment option for your specific dental condition.