Unlike in the past when there lacked a solution for people with chipped, misaligned or even missing teeth, nowadays, patients can choose from a plethora of the available aesthetic dental treatments effectively improving the vitality of their smile and overall oral health.

Typically, dental bridges are used for filling the gap resulting from one or several missing teeth. The natural teeth usually give the bridge support on either side of the missing teeth or tooth. It consists of two or more crowns for the teeth on each side of the missing part. The anchoring teeth are referred to as abutment teeth, while pontics are the dentures placed between the gaps.

Dental bridges are specially made to last up to fifteen years or even longer.  If you maintain good oral hygiene and paying regular visits to your dentist for checkups, your fixed bridge can last for over a period ten years.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

Bridges effectively help you:

  • Improve your smile
  • Recover your ability to chew and speak properly
  • Restore your face’s shape
  • Enable you bite properly by distributing the forces
  • Maintain remaining teeth in the ideal position
Fixed Bridge

Fixed Bridge

The Process of Getting Dental Bridges San Diego

During your initial visit, your dentist prepares the abutment teeth, which entail re-contouring these teeth by extracting a part of the enamel to create space for covering them with temporary crowns. Afterward, your dentist creates impressions of the teeth that will later be used as models by a dental lab in making a new bridge, pontic, and crown. Before your next visit, you will be given a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums whereas the bridge is under fabrication.

In your second visit, your dentist carefully removes the temporary bridge and places the new bridge. To achieve proper fit, the new bridge is checked and adjusted as much as possible. However, depending on your case, you may be required to have regular checkups to ensure the bridge and bite are in good position and fit you well. Also, if you happen to wear a fixed bridge, you will have multiple visits to your dentist to cement it temporarily in the right position to ascertain that it’s fitting properly.

Top Oral Care Tips for Bridges

Although bridges are designed to last a lifetime, at times, they become loose or even fall out. Thus, it is essential to maintain the remaining teeth strong and healthy since the bridge’s durability mainly depend on the robust support given by the surrounding teeth. The most important step you can take to achieve this is by observing high levels of oral hygiene.

  • Ensure that you brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste as well as flossing daily to prevent tooth decay and gum infection that can result in tooth loss.
  • Maintain regular visits to your dentist or dental hygienist for checkups and professional cleaning
  • Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard substances to prevent damage to your new bridge.
  • Maintain a balanced diet for proper nutrition.

If you have a missing tooth, you should consider getting a bridge from your San Diego dental bridges dentist. Apart from the aesthetic drawback of missing a tooth, it could also alter the structure of your mouth and jaw, eventually making it hard to chew or speak well. Restore your smile today by getting a dental bridge.

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