Dental bridges are standard restorative appliances that help to replace a missing natural tooth. They are created from tooth-colored materials such as dental-grade porcelain or ceramic, which gives them an appearance indistinguishable from the adjacent teeth. The procedure for dental bridges does not involve oral surgery, making the treatment convenient and straightforward. At Louie Family Dentistry, we help our patients with advanced porcelain bridges to restore their smiles.
What Are the Disadvantages of Missing Teeth?
When you lose a natural tooth, it can cause the following oral concerns:
- Compromised oral functionality
- Unpleasant aesthetics of the smile
- Shifting of the natural teeth from their original positions
- Jawbone deterioration
- Excessive pressure on the teeth adjoining the gap
What Are the Advantages of Bridges?
There are several advantages associated with porcelain dental bridges, including:
- They can be fixed in just two visits to the dental office.
- They restore your smile’s natural look.
- They do not require surgery.
- They can be personalized to match the aesthetics of the natural teeth.
- The porcelain material is highly durable and robust.
- They restore both oral functionality and aesthetics.
- They are long-lasting.
- They do not require frequent repairs or restoration.
What Is the Procedure for Placing Bridges?
The placement of the dental bridge requires at least two visits to our office. We will capture X-rays and digital scans of the mouth during the initial consultation to determine the spacing available for the bridge. Based on this data, we will create a digital impression of the tooth, and the same will be sent over to our dental lab for fabricating the bridge. Meanwhile, we will place a temporary bridge on the prepared tooth surface to protect it.
During the subsequent visit, we will detach the temporary restoration from the teeth and clean the area meticulously. The prosthetic tooth of the bridge will be held firmly in position by dental crowns on either side. The teeth adjacent to the void will be prepared by etching, which helps roughen their surface and support the bridge. It will then be secured firmly in position using dental adhesives and hardened using a curing light. A bite test will be performed to make sure the bridge is not affecting your bite adversely. Finally, we will take you through the best oral hygiene practices to ensure the bridge doesn’t sustain any damage and stays as good as new for a long time.
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain dental bridges, call Louie Family Dentistry in Fremont, CA 94538 at (510) 656-7778 and schedule an appointment.
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