Replacing Lost Teeth with Dental Bridges

Replacing Lost Teeth with Dental Bridges

Besides helping you chew and speak; your teeth play an important role in maintaining your facial structure. Therefore, failing to replace a lost tooth can lead to facial collapse over time. The gap left behind usually forces other teeth to shift, leading to a misalignment of the jaw. Your lips will start to look thinner and flattened and the chin will move forward and upward, making you look older. The mouth might also lose its shape and pouches will appear at both sides of the lower jaw. Additionally, less teeth means more workload for the remaining teeth, leading to premature wear.

Why You May Need a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge, just as the name implies, bridges the gap left behind after the loss of a tooth or teeth. It is made of two or more crowns for the teeth adjacent to the gap and a false tooth/tooth in between. The adjacent teeth act as the anchor and are called abutment teeth while the false tooth is called a pontic and can be made from gold, porcelain or metal alloys. In cases where there are no natural teeth to support the prosthetic tooth, implants are used.

  • A research shows that oral health complications increase with every missing tooth. It is therefore important that you seek help immediately a tooth is lost for the following reasons:
  • To prevent facial collapse. Also, the gap left behind by a missing tooth can be unsightly and affects your overall appearance and smile.
  • Over time, a missing tooth will cause your jawbone to shrink and your gums to recede, which weakens the teeth on either side of the gap. This leaves the adjacent teeth vulnerable to plaque build-up and tooth decay.
  • Because the teeth are shifting into the gap left behind, you will with time end up with misaligned and crooked teeth.
  • To reduce wear of the existing teeth by ensuring chewing forces are distributed across all teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

Are you interested in getting dental bridges in Irvine, CA? At Great Park Dental Clinic, we are skilled and equipped to install different types of dental bridges. They include:

  • Traditional Bridges

This is used when you have healthy natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by a missing tooth. A false tooth is usually help in place by dental crowns that are cemented on each of the adjacent/ abutment teeth. It is the most popular type of dental bridge you will find near you.

  • Maryland Dental Bridge

This is almost similar to traditional bridges, but does not use crowns to support the prosthetic tooth. instead, Maryland bridge uses a frame of either metal or porcelain that is bonded on the back of the abutment teeth.

  • Implant-supported Bridge

This completely relies on implants to support the pontic. It is a good choice for situations where the adjacent teeth are also missing or in no state to support a prosthetic tooth. usually, a single implant is surgically placed on the jawbone to hold the bridge in position. In situations where each missing tooth cannot have its own implant, the bridge can have the replacing tooth suspended between tow implant-supported crowns.

Implant bridges are considered the strongest, although their placement is more invasive. It requires tow surgeries: the first one to place the implant into the jawbone and the second one to place the bridge. The more the teeth to be replaced, the longer you may have to wait for the procedure to be complete.

Caring for Your Bridge

At our clinic, we educate you on to care for your dental bridges in Irvine so that you they last and the treatment is effective. You will still need keep up with a daily cleaning routine that includes brushing and flossing. You may also need to watch on your lifestyle habits to ensure that you do not engage in activities that could put you at risk of another tooth loss. A regular dental checkup will also help to ensure that any problems are detected in good time and that the implants are still in good state.

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