A dental bridge uses one or more artificial teeth to replace and fill the gaps from missing teeth. Various types of materials can be used in creating a dental bridge, such as ceramics and metal alloys. We take an impression of your mouth to ensure a perfect fit. After we take impressions, we send them to a lab to make your dental bridge, which will match the appearance of the rest of your teeth.
Depending on how many teeth are missing, a dental bridge has one or more artificial teeth known as pontics, and commonly have a dental crown on both ends. The crowns are put over your surrounding teeth to secure the dental bridge in place.
If your surrounding teeth aren’t strong or healthy enough to support a dental bridge or if you have many missing teeth, we may use implants, with or without dental crowns on your existing teeth.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth, it is likely your mouth is not functioning like it should. This affects your bite and your ability to properly break down food.
When you have missing teeth, your other teeth can shift to try to occupy the empty space, causing stress and pain on your jaw and teeth. The teeth that shift become harder to clean and more prone tooth decay and gum disease. Missing teeth can cause bone shrinkage. The support of your cheeks and lips may change as your bone shrinks, which can alter your facial appearance over time.
How do I know if I should get a dental bridge?
Scheduling an appointment with us is the first step to see if a dental bridge is a good option for you. At your visit we will assess your dental needs and determine a personalized treatment plan.
At Prosthodontics & Implant Dental Center, we want you to choose the treatment option that best suits you and your specific needs. We have been providing patients in Merced, Winton, Atwater, Cressey, and other nearby communities with dental bridges Merced for over 10 years. We have the skills and experience to restore the look, feel and health of your smile with dental bridges.
How do I take care of a dental bridge?
You should follow an oral hygiene routine specific to your personal needs. At the minimum, this involves brushing your teeth two times a day with American Dental Association approved toothpaste and flossing at least once. You should take especially good care of dental bridge and the teeth supporting it. Proper oral hygiene is important when you have a dental bridge because if any of the surrounding teeth become compromised, it can inhibit your dental bridge from working properly.
Routine visits and professional cleanings are essential in keeping your dental bridge working correctly. We will check for issues like bone loss or gum disease and try to correct them before they worsen and disrupt your dental bridge.
Good oral hygiene is crucial when you have dental implants. Proper oral care helps fight plaque and other harmful bacteria to keep your dental bridges Merced functioning properly. We suggest using dental products with the American Dental Association seal of approval.
A balanced diet is key to good oral and overall health. Try to stay away from foods that can stain or discolor your teeth or dental bridges.
If you think dental bridges Mercedcould be a good treatment option for you, call us today at (209) 383-9222. Our staff at Prosthodontics & Implant Dental Center will discuss all your options and help you choose the right one for your unique needs.
Our office in located in Merced, CA and we happily serve patients from Winton, Atwater, Cressey, and other nearby communities.
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