When there is a missing tooth, dental bridges can sometimes be used to bridge the gap between the two teeth with an artificial tooth. The two teeth that serve as anchors for the artificial tooth are called the abutment teeth, while the artificial tooth is called the pontic. A pontic can be made out of several different materials, with some being more natural looking than others. A dental bridge prevents the other teeth from shifting out of position due to a gap left by a missing tooth and also helps to preserve the shape of the face and the alignment of the bite. There are several different ways that dental bridges can be made, and an experienced dentist can help you choose the one that is right for you.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are many potential benefits to getting a dental bridge. Having a dental bridge can restore your ability to chew properly and to enjoy your food. It can help to maintain the bite alignment so that chewing does not hurt. Treating a gap in the teeth with a dental bridge can help to prevent other problems from developing, like temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, gum disease, and speech impediments. Teeth that are properly supported within the framework of the mouth are also less likely to decay. A dental bridge can also reduce the risk of bone loss from the mouth and jaw and can give your smile a more pleasing appearance.
Types of Dental Bridges
The three main types of dental bridges are traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges. Traditional bridges are the most common, and involve making a crown for the tooth on either side of the tooth that is missing, with the pontic in between these. Traditional bridges are composed of porcelain fused to metal or of some type of ceramic. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth located only on one side of the missing tooth. Maryland bonded bridges are composed of plastic teeth and gums on a metal framework. Metal attachments are made to bond to the teeth on each side of the bridge. Having a dental bridge made usually takes several visits to complete the entire process of taking impressions for the crowns, making them in a lab, and fitting the bridge. Dental bridges can last as long as fifteen years with proper care and are a great way to restore your smile.
Call to Schedule an Appointment With a California Dental Bridges Dentist Today
If you have a missing tooth and want to find out more about how a dental bridge may help you, call to schedule an appointment with a California dental bridges dentist today. The experienced dental staff at the iSmile Dental Spa will answer any questions you may have about whether or not a dental bridge will work for you. Dental bridges may be used to treat a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth. We serve Carmichael, Arden-Arcade, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, North Highlands and surrounding communities. Check out our website at ismiledentalspa.com or give us a call at 916-979-7122 and learn more about the benefits of dental bridges today.