If you happened to lose your tooth due to an accident or had it removed in a dental procedure, dental bridges and crowns are the solutions to restoring your smile.
When you have a missing tooth, you are advised to have a dental bridge fill the gap. Missing teeth result in toothache, asymmetrical face structure, chewing issues, and even disorders in severe cases.
What is it?
A dental bridge helps you avoid these by literally bridging the gap between two teeth. A bridge is followed by a dental crown to provide shape and structure to the restored tooth.
The two teeth on either side of the gap act as anchors for the bridge. Therefore, it’s necessary to ascertain that the teeth in the vicinity are in healthy condition. In some cases, added implants can act as support too.
The false tooth called the pontic is placed between the teeth and is generally made of porcelain to remain aesthetically pleasing but can be made of metals, alloys, ceramics, or a mixture of these. Meaning, it would be very difficult for people to know you have a false tooth hidden in your mouth unless you want them to know.
How is it done?
Preparing for a dental bridge involves contouring the abutment teeth and decreasing their size by removing parts of the enamel. This is done to ensure the crown can be cemented smoothly onto the top.
On your first visit, your dentist will decide if you require a dental bridge and will then proceed to resize your teeth to prepare them for the impending crowning. Once the size has been reduced, your dentist will make an impression of the abutment to customize your dental bridge and crown to fit you right. In case of a porcelain filling, they will also make sure it matches your teeth color.
A temporary bridge is placed to keep the teeth safe and covered while the permanent one is prepared. In consequent visits, the permanent bridge gets cemented and checked to ensure smooth working.
What about the lifespan?
Dental bridges and crowns can last several years, provided you follow a proper oral hygiene routine and keep your food intake balanced.
It’s easy for tooth fillings and restorations to go awry, so make sure to visit a local dentist of good repute if you decide to fill your gaps. If you live near Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon, or the Danville area, make sure to give Dr. Alpa Dalal a call to secure the best treatment possible.
Keep calm and smile wide, all gaps accounted for!