Often touted as better than dentures, bridges are special, custom-made options for when you have several teeth that need to be replaced. Having a dental bridge installed is a rather straightforward procedure. We focus on providing durable and long-lasting dental bridges in Mission Viejo and the surrounding area.
At Turquoise Dental in Mission Viejo, our team works diligently to ensure that all implants, bridges, and experiences are installed with your comfort always in mind. Work with the leading dental bridge specialists around Mission Viejo, CA and we guarantee your smile will be restored to a healthy and natural-looking state.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge consists of one or more synthetic, custom-amde teeth used to fill a gap in your smile where you have experienced tooth loss. Oftentimes, different types of materials may be used to create a dental bridge including metal alloys and ceramics.
We first begin the procedure by taking an impression of your mouth. After an impression is taken of your mouth, we send it to a lab that makes your dental bridge to match your surrounding teeth perfectly. The dental bridge consists of synthetic teeth that we call “pontics” and usually has dental crowns on either end. The dental crowns are placed over your existing teeth to hold the dental bridge in place.
The extra supporting crowns are needed because your existing teeth are not able to hold the dental bridge alone or there are several missing teeth, implants may be used with or without placing dental crowns on surrounding teeth.
Why Do I Need A Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are necessary in specific circumstances such as, if you have one or more missing teeth your mouth might not be functioning properly. More times than not, you will notice that your bite may be affected or not quite like it used to be. This is an indication that you may need the assistance of a dental bridge or dentist.
In the case of missing teeth, it greatly affects your smile and functionality because it allows other teeth to move into the vacant space. This may cause pain and unpleasant symptoms by placing more stress on your jaw joints and teeth. Also, these teeth that have moved are more than likely susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay given the difficulty to properly clean them.
Bone shrinkage may occur in the spots where there once was a tooth. The way the cheeks and lips are supported by the jawbone can change because your bone shrinks. Overall, your face structure and shape may look different over time as a result.
Are Dental Bridges The Right Choice For Me?
Consulting a dentist is the best first step in determining if a dental bridge is right for you. During your dental exam, the dentist will review your specific situation and explain your options.
At Turquoise Dental, we take the time to go over all your possible options and answer any questions you have. After many years of fitting patients in Mission Viejo, El Toro, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, and surrounding areas with dental bridges, you can be confident that we will work hard to deliver you the best outcome for your smile.
How Do I Take Care Of My Dental Bridges At Home?
Your dental bridge should be given with a bit more care than your natural teeth to keep them in good shape, reducing discoloration and detachment. We highly suggest that you take good care of your natural teeth as well, especially if they are holding the dental bridge in place. If those teeth become in danger of decay or damage, the stability of the dental bridge, how well your mouth looks, and its functions may be threatened.
Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial for overall dental health, but they also help ensure that your dental bridge is functioning properly. Even if the dental bridge is not supported by your natural teeth, health issues like gum disease and bone loss can jeopardize the look and functionality of your dental bridge.
As always, practicing proper personal oral hygiene is important to get rid of plaque and bacteria to keep your dental bridge looking good and working well.
Please note that it is important to maintain a healthy diet to ensure your oral health does not suffer. You should also avoid foods that may stain your teeth or dental bridge and cause irregular discoloration or distortion.
Are you ready to improve the overall look and feel of your smile? Let’s bring back your shine and functionality. If you believe that a dental bridge may be right for you, count on our specialists to help you with the process. When you are ready for a consultation to go over your options give us a call at (949) 454-7474.