Using A Dental Bridge To Support A New Smile

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When you lose one or more of your teeth, this impacts the beauty, function, and even the overall health of your smile. To address these gaps, and maintain optimal oral health, you need a prosthetic. With a custom-made dental bridge, your Vista, CA, dentist can support a new smile!

The Causes of Missing Teeth

A number of different oral health issues could cause us to lose one or more of our natural teeth. When an infection isn’t treated in a timely manner with a root canal, the tooth could be lost. When you suffer an injury, this could knock one out or damage it so severely that a crown isn’t enough to restore it. However, the most common cause is simply untreated gum disease. Periodontal disease impacts half of adults over the age of 30, leading to tooth loss in the advanced stage, which is referred to as periodontitis. In fact, this is often the largest factor behind adult tooth loss.

Designing a New Prosthetic

To ensure a perfect and comfortable fit, and a durable chewing surface, we will custom-make your prosthetic. A bridge addresses between one and three missing teeth in a row. To make room for it, we remove structure from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, which we refer to as abutment teeth. We take detailed impressions and measurement to ensure we design the perfect restoration. The ceramic we create your prosthetic with can be tinted to match the rest of your smile. The prosthetic consists of your new teeth, known as pontics, and crowns on either side.

Placing Your Bridge

When you come to the office for placement, we add the crowns to the abutment teeth, which anchors your pontics firmly in place and ensures a durable tooth replacement, one that could last 10 to 15 years on average with proper care and attention. Not only will it look natural, but it blends with your smile seamlessly.

Long-Term Benefits

A dental bridge replacing your missing teeth prevents a number of complications from arising, such as misalignment, tooth decay and gum disease, and TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You enjoy a healthier smile, the ability to eat your favorite foods, and new teeth that look natural and make you feel proud to smile. If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss, or about preventing the loss of your natural teeth, then contact our team today. We want to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health!

Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Provides Lifelike Replacement Teeth

Our Vista, CA dentist’s office is ready to help you regain a functional, healthy, and beautiful smile once more. For more information on our custom-made dental prosthetic, then please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.