Your teeth play a critical role in your chewing ability, your speaking ability, and your teeth’s ability to maintain their proper alignment. For this reason, if you are missing teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge, one of our specialties at Alondra Dental Care.
Dental bridges are designed to fill the gaps in teeth with at least one artificial or false tooth. This will ultimately restore your smile in addition to helping your bite and making it easier for you to speak and chew. A bridge will also prevent your surrounding teeth from shifting to fill the gap in your teeth.
At Alondra Dental Care, we are equipped to provide you with a dental bridge that will be both highly functional and aesthetically pleasing for years to come.
A dental bridge has two main parts: the abutment teeth (anchoring teeth) and the pontic (false tooth).
The abutment teeth are the two teeth that are adjacent to the gap in the mouth. Crowns—or tooth-colored caps—are usually placed over and cemented to the abutment teeth to support the pontic that is filling the gap. Your abutment teeth can be dental implants (replacement teeth) or natural teeth.
A dental bridge may be appropriate for you if you have lost a tooth or teeth due to injury, gum disease, or tooth decay. Likewise, you may be a candidate for a bridge if you were born with a congenital dental condition that resulted in missing teeth.
In addition to improving your smile, chewing, and bite, dental bridges can help to eliminate pain caused by the extra stress placed on your jaw and teeth when you’re missing pearly whites.
After we create a bridge for you, you can generally expect it to last for a minimum of 5-7 years. However, with excellent oral hygiene at home, combined with regular dental cleanings, your bridge could last for more than a decade. For proper gum and tooth care, you should floss daily and brush twice daily. You should use a threader, a special kind of floss, to slide between your gum and the bridge.
In addition, following your bridge procedure, it is critical that you eat a nutritious, balanced diet that includes plenty of fiber, fruits, and vegetables, which further help to promote tooth health. Limit sticky foods when wearing a bridge.
At Alondra Dental Care, we are proud to be a full-service dental practice that provides care to patients in Los Angeles and Orange County. In addition to creating dental bridges, we perform preventative care dental exams, tooth extractions, and gum disease treatments. We are also highly skilled in teeth cleaning, child dentistry, and dental sealants.
We stand out for offering personalized service as well as a caring and friendly atmosphere. We truly care about your oral health. Experience the Alondra Dental Care touch by contacting us to set up an appointment today.