Tooth loss disrupts your ability to chew food, and it also disrupts your smile. If you have one or more missing teeth in your mouth, you’re less likely to feel comfortable in social settings. If your missing teeth are always top of mind, you may find yourself receding in professional and personal situations. To regain your confidence, you need a dental prosthetic that restores your missing teeth. Dental bridges close gaps in your smile. Whether it’s a single missing tooth or a series of missing teeth in your mouth, a dental bridge can repair the damage done by tooth loss.
How Do Dental Bridges Restore Missing Teeth?
Dental bridges are composed of dental crowns and replacement teeth, which are called “pontics.” Pontics are fabricated from dental ceramics to match the shine and color of your natural teeth. These teeth are held together by dental crowns on both ends. The dental crowns fit over healthy natural teeth to hold the prosthetic in place. That means that a bridge can consist of a single replacement tooth, or a series of pontics that close the gap between your healthy natural teeth.
What Is the Process for Receiving a Dental Bridge?
To have a dental bridge made for your mouth, you need to consult with your dentist. Your dentist can evaluate your tooth loss, as well as the state of your remaining teeth, to determine what the best dental prosthetic will be for your situation. It should be noted that dental bridges do not require surgery, and they are more affordable than dental implants. They do not offer the same bite power that dental implants do, but these are factors that you can weigh with your dentist during your initial prosthetic consultation.
Once You Decide on a Dental Bridge, Your Dentist Will Measure Your Teeth
Fit is key when it comes to your teeth. The alignment of your bite and fit between teeth on opposite dental ridges is what allows you to comfortably chew food. When your dentist creates a dental prosthetic for you, they will want to be sure that it fits alongside your other teeth. In addition to closing gaps in your smile, the bridge can also stabilize your teeth and prevent them from shifting. That’s why your dentist will take precise measurements of your teeth and jaw before fabricating the dental bridge. To fully restore your smile and the function of your teeth, the prosthetic needs to fit.
Receive Your Dental Bridge from Melrose Dental Arts
A dental bridge can help you recover from tooth loss and get back to smiling. If you are struggling with missing teeth, talk to the team at Melrose Dental Arts. We provide dental prosthetics that are functional and lifelike in appearance. To schedule your prosthetic consultation, contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling 760-724-9117.