Sometimes treading the line between cosmetic dental concerns and restorative dental concerns can be confusing, especially given that there is significant overlap. Indeed, depending on the severity of the issue, your dentist may recommend one treatment as opposed to another. Still though, more severe complications can lead to the loss of one or several teeth altogether. Cases such as these cosmetically affect your appearance, but are far beyond a surface-level touch up. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA dentist will address the phenomenon of tooth loss and explain how a bridge can help address the loss of multiple adjacent structures.
The Progression of Loss
Dental decay has long been the main enemy of thriving oral health. It can take a variety of forms, from cavities to infected root canals and other forms of infection. Without proper treatment or care, it is only a matter of time before it completely claims an entire tooth.
Even still, your worries may not be over just yet with the loss of a single structure, as the infection may remain and continue to target adjacent teeth as well. All of this just goes to show that choosing not to act when it comes to decay will usually result in significant loss and failure. Fortunately, advanced dental technology has made receiving lifelike prosthetics more streamlined and successful, and one such as a dental bridge may help.
A Gap Spanning Multiple Teeth
Whether you were expecting it or not, losing a few consecutive teeth is a natural result of prolonged infection. Not only does it impact your appearance, but it will influence the quality of your oral function as well. For instance, ordinary tasks such as biting, chewing, and enunciating will become even more difficult, and you will experience tension and strain as your bite attempts to accommodate for all of the missing teeth.
To best avoid these troubling effects, your dentist may recommend the help of a dental bridge procedure. A dental bridge consists of two or more custom crowns that are bonded together. The process involves placing the highly lifelike bridge to span the gap left by your missing teeth, and secured either by bonding them to the natural teeth still present in your grin, or through implant-retention. For more information about this process, reach out to our team today.
Each bridge is custom made to not only fit precisely as it needs to, but to closely resemble the appearance of your smile. In other words, you will not have to worry about a noticeable treatment and instead can focus on your new and improved grin.
Schedule Your Visit
Contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling 760-724-9117 to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our team today.