Dental Bridge – Bridging The Gap Of Missing Teeth

As an adult, your teeth may be missing due to decay, trauma, or advanced periodontal disease.

It is very important to have these teeth restored as there is the possibility other teeth can shift out of position, affect your bite, or create a speech impediment. Furthermore, the spaces are more susceptible to developing gum disease and encourage the decay of the neighboring teeth. Dental bridges, similar to partial dentures or implants are used to “bridge the gap” of these missing teeth.

A bridge is a corrective structure utilized to replace the teeth that are missing and are held in position by crowns attached to the neighboring teeth. They can significantly enhance the appearance of your smile by replacing those missing teeth. With modern technology, the materials used to produce the bridge are custom made to match the color of your natural teeth and provide a durable structural framework. A combination of porcelain and metal, porcelain and gold, or metal-free materials are the materials that typically compose a bridge.

Depending on a dentist’s recommendations, “fixed” or “removable” bridges are the options to choose from. Fixed bridges are cemented in place and cannot be taken out and offer the most stability. Fixed bridges are customarily bonded to the natural teeth adjacent to the area created by the lost tooth. A fake tooth substitutes for the missing tooth. Crowns cemented directly to natural teeth create the bridge support. Removable bridges are not permanently attached and can be removed at night or for oral cleaning. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

Dental health, function and aesthetics are important reasons for wearing a dental bridge. Each of your teeth carries out a vital role in speech, eating, and maintaining appropriate alignment among other teeth. A dental professional will advise you if a dental bridge is the best option for restoring your loss of a tooth or teeth.

Please feel free to contact Murrieta Golden Triangle Dentistry at (951) 677-1054 to obtain more information.

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