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Dental Bridges

Restore Your Smile with Long-Lasting Dental Bridges

If you are missing one or more teeth and have a gap in your smile, a dental bridge can be an ideal solution for restoring your teeth and returning your smile to full health and function. A dental bridge is a custom-designed device that spans the gap between your teeth and is made from the highest quality porcelain fused to ceramic. Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena are highly experienced and trained in restorative dentistry and can ensure that your dental bridge is properly fitted and durable enough to last for many years.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

The most obvious benefit of a dental bridge is that it can restore the aesthetic of your smile. With a dental bridge, you can fill in the space created by a missing tooth from tooth decay and prevent teeth from shifting out of place. This can make a huge difference in your confidence and self-esteem.

A dental bridge is also beneficial to your oral health. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can start to drift out of place, making your bite misaligned. A dental bridge can help keep your teeth in the right position and help you maintain proper oral hygiene.

Finally, dental bridges help to keep the structural integrity of your jaw and mouth intact. A missing tooth can cause the jawbone to deteriorate over time, making it important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. With a dental bridge procedure, you can help to preserve the structure of your mouth and keep your jaw healthy.

Dental Bridges for Missing Tooth

A dental bridge is a type of dental prosthetic used to fill in the gap of a missing tooth. A dental bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth in between. The two crowns are placed over the teeth adjacent to the gap, and the false tooth is fused between them. The false tooth is made to match the shape, size and color of your existing teeth. Once in place, a bridge is a permanent part of your mouth and it can last for up to 15 years with proper care.

Dental Bridge: 4 Types

There are four types of dental bridges that are commonly used: traditional dental bridge, cantilever dental bridge, maryland dental bridge, and implant-supported bridge.

  • Traditional bridges are the most common type, as they use artificial teeth held in place by metal or porcelain crowns on the adjacent teeth.

  • A cantilever dental bridge are not as common, but they are used when the missing tooth is between two healthy teeth.

  • Maryland dental bridges use a metal or porcelain framework instead of crowns and are typically used in the back of the mouth.

  • A Implant-supported bridge use dental implants instead of adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place.

Procedure for Dental Bridges

Evaluation and Preparation: Before a dental bridge can be placed, the dentist will evaluate the area where the bridge will be placed. The dentist will take x-rays of the area to ensure that the teeth and gums are healthy and to determine the exact position of the abutment teeth. The abutment teeth are the teeth that the bridge will be attached to. The dentist will also examine the gum tissue and may need to perform a deep cleaning.

Taking Impressions: After the area has been evaluated and prepared, the dentist will take impressions of the area to create the bridge. A putty-like material will be placed in the mouth to make a mold of the area. This mold is then sent to a lab where the bridge will be made.

Placement of Bridge: After the bridge is made, the patient will return to the dentist for the placement of the bridge. The dentist will check to ensure that the bridge fits properly and make any necessary adjustments. Then, the bridge will be permanently cemented into place.

Maintaining Your Dental Bridges

1. Brush and floss daily: It is important to brush and floss your teeth and bridge twice a day. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and bridge.

2. Avoid sticky and hard foods: Sticky and hard foods can damage or dislodge your bridge, so it is important to avoid them.

3. Use a mouthwash: Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and bacteria, which can help keep your bridge in good condition.

4. Visit your dentist regularly: Regular visits to your dentist can help ensure that your bridge is in good condition and that any potential problems are caught and addressed early on.

5. Avoid bad habits: Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause staining and discoloration of your bridge, so it is important to avoid these habits.

Following these tips can help maintain your dental bridge and ensure that it lasts for many years to come.

Treatment Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

Dental bridges are a great option for many people, but for those seeking a stronger, more permanent replacement, Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena typically recommend dental implants. Implants have become the modern go-to for permanent tooth replacement, and they are often the better choice over bridges.

Whether you need to replace one, two, or several teeth, there are various solutions to restoring your smile. If multiple teeth need to be replaced, Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena will offer implant-supported bridges or implant-supported dentures. For just a single missing tooth, they advise a dental implant and crown for a more natural-looking outcome.

Consultation Includes:

When you consult with a dentist, you can expect a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This examination may involve a tooth-by-tooth video tour exam, where the dentist will visually examine each tooth for any signs of decay, damage, or other issues. The dentist may use specialized tools to assess the health of your gums and check for any signs of gum disease.

In addition to the examination, you can expect to have a discussion with the dentist about your oral health and any concerns or questions you may have. During this discussion, the dentist may ask about your medical history and any medications you are taking that could affect your oral health. They may also discuss your dental hygiene routine and offer tips for maintaining good oral health.

Consulting with a dentist is also an opportunity to get your questions answered. If you have any concerns or uncertainties about a specific treatment or procedure, the dentist can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. They can also provide advice on preventive care to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Overall, consulting with a dentist is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. Regular dental checkups can help detect and treat oral health issues early on, before they become more serious and require more invasive treatments. It is important to schedule regular dental appointments and to communicate openly with your dentist about any concerns or questions you may have.

FAQ

Do dental bridges look like natural teeth

Yes, dental bridges look very much like natural teeth. The bridge is made of porcelain and is custom-matched to the color of the surrounding teeth. It is designed to blend in with your existing teeth in color, shape, and size. The bridge is attached to crowns on either side of the gap, and the false tooth, called a pontic, is then placed in the gap. This creates a natural-looking smile and helps preserve the structure of your face and mouth.

Elite Dental in San Antonio, Pleasanton and New Braunfels TX is a great place to visit and get information regarding dental bridges. The experts at Elite Dental can help you decide if dental bridges are the right choice for you.

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