Tooth loss has a significant effect on your confidence and your oral health. Every single tooth has an important role when it comes to the proper alignment of your teeth. When even one tooth is missing, it can affect how you chew, speak, and feel about your smile. The good news is that there are several effective options for correcting tooth loss.
As part of our comprehensive restorative dentistry practice, we offer top-quality dental bridges in Gonzales for patients looking to correct tooth loss. Dental bridges are specialized devices used to replace missing teeth. They are made to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth and are virtually undetectable. Depending on various factors, including your personal preferences, you can choose between fixed dental bridges and removable options.
Continue reading to learn more about dental bridges, or contact Gonzales Dental today at (830) 971-0268 to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable dentists.
Also known as a “partial denture,” a dental bridge fills the gap where a tooth or several teeth are missing. They are comprised of one or more false teeth, known as “pontics,” and two dental crowns, one on either side of the pontic(s) to act as support.
These devices are designed to look and work like natural teeth, helping correct bite issues, chewing problems, speech difficulties, and lowered self-esteem caused by missing teeth.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Bridges?
There are two types of dental bridges:
- Fixed Dental Bridges: Fixed dental bridges are permanently attached and can only be removed by a dentist. Typically, fixed dental bridges are cemented to the patient’s natural teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth/teeth.
- Removable Dental Bridges: As the name implied, removable dental bridges can be removed by the patient and cleaned as needed. While these may offer more convenience, they are generally not as strong as fixed dental bridges.
The ideal type of dental bridge for you depends on various factors, including the number of missing teeth, the strength of the surrounding teeth, the presence of periodontal disease (if any), your personal preferences, and more. Our experienced and knowledgeable dental professionals can discuss your options and help you find the right solution for your continued oral health.
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Dental bridges act as literal bridges across the space where a missing tooth or teeth would normally exist. They also contain artificial teeth, known as “pontics,” to fill the gap.
Dental bridges cannot be attached in a single visit; instead, you will likely need to come in for two or three appointments to have the dental bridge attached. The first appointment is used to prepare the supporting teeth (located on either side of the gap) for the bridge. This involves removing some of the dentin and enamel from these supporting teeth.
Your dental bridge will be fully customized to your mouth, specifically designed to match the opposing teeth and correct your bite. As such, your dentist will also take an impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the lab where your dental bridge will be made.
The actual attachment procedure depends on what type of dental bridge you are receiving, fixed or removable. Both types involve the placement of dental crowns on the supporting teeth located on either side of the space where the missing tooth/teeth would otherwise be. These crowns provide support for the dental bridge. With fixed dental bridges, the crowns are cemented to the supporting teeth, providing a high level of strength and support.
Who Should Get a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges may be an ideal option for anyone who is missing one or several teeth. To be a candidate for a dental bridge, you must have sufficient support from the surrounding teeth and gums. If you are missing a back molar, meaning there is no tooth behind the missing tooth to provide support, you cannot receive a dental bridge. Instead, we may recommend that you receive a dental implant or undergo another restorative procedure.
Having a dental bridge attached can help correct:
- Issues with your bite
- Problems chewing
- Jaw and teeth pain caused by excess stress
- Speech difficulties
- Low self-confidence regarding the appearance of your smile
Our team at Gonzales Dental can help determine if you may benefit from receiving a dental bridge. We encourage you to reach out to us today to schedule an examination and consultation with one of our friendly dental professionals. We can provide you with our honest recommendations, as well as the specific information you need to make the right decisions about your oral health.
Contact us online or call (830) 971-0268 to learn more about our dental bridge procedure in Gonzales and the nearby areas.
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