Serving Encinitas and Mammoth Lakes, CA
A dental bridge is true to its name as it bridges the gap between a tooth or a couple of teeth that are missing. Bridges are typically used when an implant is not an immediate option. To see if a dental bridge is right for you, we invite you to contact our Encinitas or Mammoth Lakes office to schedule an appointment.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge consists of crowns placed on the healthy teeth on each side of the missing tooth/teeth. These teeth are called the abutment teeth and they act as anchors. An artificial porcelain tooth is placed between the crowns and fused to an underlying metal base. The entire bridge is a single piece.
What Does The Procedure Entail for a Dental Bridge?
We invite you to watch the video below to see how a dental bridge procedure is performed.
Do I need to replace a missing tooth?
Our teeth stay in place thanks to the pressure placed upon them by the adjacent teeth. If there is no pressure or gaps, this creates problems with the entire alignment of your smile and with your bite.
Reasons for Dental Bridges:
- To complete your smile
- To prevent adjacent teeth from moving
- To restore chewing and biting capability
- To distribute the bite forces as not to overload other teeth
- To restore your speaking diction
- To maintain the shape of your face
What is the lifespan of a bridge?
If the abutment teeth remain healthy, a bridge can last up to 15 years or longer. Bridges can break when chewing very hard or sticky foods like ice or caramels. While this is rare, it is best to not chew those types of foods on the side of your mouth with the bridge. This will help get the longest tenure out of your bridge.
Do Dental Bridges Require Special Care?
Twice daily brushing and flossing are really all that is needed. One extra thing necessary with a bridge is to floss under the artificial teeth.
This removes any food particles that may have become lodged under there. Water picks can be helpful as well.
What Is The Difference Between a Crown and a Bridge
Crowns cover individual teeth, returning strength and function to the tooth. A crown is a way of protecting a damaged tooth that could otherwise need extraction. A crown doesn’t replace a missing tooth.
Bridges consist of artificial teeth mounted to the underlying metal and they replace missing teeth. Bridges have crowns placed as anchors on the healthy teeth next to the missing teeth.
To learn more about dental bridges in Encinitas and Mammoth Lakes, California, contact our office!