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Dental Bridge Walnut Creek CA

3D rendering of a dental bridge being placed over a missing tooth gap that is flanked by two shaved down teeth at the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek, CAWhen we talk about dental restoration, a dental bridge is one of the most common procedures performed. A tooth bridge is essentially a replacement tooth, also called a pontic. It fills in the gap left by one or more missing teeth. This restored tooth is held in place by two crowns that are attached to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap (these two teeth are called abutment teeth). If you need a dental bridge, we can help you out here at the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek.

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A dental bridge can help with a single-tooth replacement. Having a missing tooth may not seem like a major problem at first, but over time it can lead to a shift in the alignment of your other teeth. This could create a whole host of dental complications.

Why Should I consider a single tooth replacement if I've lost a tooth?

When we lose a tooth, it doesn't just influence our smile, but it can also result in additional problems if not replaced in time. The space in our mouth can invite several complications.

•  Shifting of Adjacent Teeth: An interesting fact to remember is that our teeth rely on each other for support. When one tooth is missing, the neighboring teeth tend to shift towards the space, altering the alignment of our entire dental arrangement. This shifting might result in bite issues over time. Contrary to popular belief, the teeth do not shift into perfect alignment when there is a space.

•  Risk of Oral Infections: The space can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, leading to possible oral infections or diseases. These infections could worsen over time, leading to conditions like periodontitis - advanced gum disease.

•  Deterioration of Jawbone: Without a tooth's root providing the necessary stimulation, the jawbone in the space might begin to deteriorate and lose its strength and firmness. This could lead to the need for a bone graft as well as other possible procedures to restore the diminished jawbone.

•  Chewing Difficulties: A missing tooth can inevitably make it challenging to chew certain foods. This could also lead to nutritional deficiencies and digestive issues if you aren't getting the proper nutrients and are not able to chew and break down food.

•  Aesthetic Concerns: The loss of a tooth can greatly affect your smile. It can also impact your overall facial structure, which can sometimes lead to premature aging.

Dental bridges are excellent solutions to these concerns. A tooth bridge can fill the empty gap, giving you a full set of teeth and preserving the structural integrity of your mouth. Bridges not only replace the lost tooth but also ensure that your dental health remains intact and you can smile confidently once again.

Can You Have More Than One Dental Bridge?

You have more than one dental bridge. You can have multiple bridges to replace multiple missing teeth.

There are different scenarios where an individual might need more than one dental bridge:

•  Non-adjacent Missing Teeth: If a person has missing teeth that are not adjacent to each other, separate bridges may be recommended. Each bridge will replace the missing teeth in a specific area of the mouth.

•  Multiple Missing Teeth in Different Areas: Some individuals may have missing teeth in different areas of the mouth. In such cases, the dentist may recommend separate bridges for each area to restore both functionality and aesthetics.

•  Full Mouth Reconstruction: In cases where there is a significant loss of teeth throughout the mouth, a comprehensive full mouth reconstruction may be required. This could involve the placement of multiple dental bridges, dental implants, or a combination of restorative procedures to rebuild the entire dental arch.

•  Implant-Supported Bridges: If dental implants are used to support the bridges, it is possible to have multiple implant-supported bridges in different areas of the mouth. Implant-supported bridges offer stability and prevent the need to involve natural teeth as supports.

More on Dental Implant Bridges

A dental implant bridge relies on implants for support rather than the abutment teeth. These are usually used when more than one tooth is missing. Unlike regular bridges, dental implant bridges are embedded into the jawbone, providing a durable solution.

How Does a Dental Bridge Affect My Other Teeth?

As your neighboring teeth are the foundation for the bridge, these teeth undergo a subtle transformation. They become abutment teeth - acting as strong pillars of support for your new bridge.

This process does not harm your abutment teeth. It simply means these teeth will be carefully reshaped and buffed to ensure a snug fit for the bridge.

A dental bridge tends to benefit your surrounding teeth. It's about restoring balance, both physically and aesthetically. Your dental bridge will ensure a balanced bite, deter teeth from moving out of place, and even help maintain your face's natural shape. We also notice patients with dental bridges often feel more confident and happy.

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

With the right care, dental bridges can last between five to 15 years, and even longer. Their lifespan can be influenced by certain factors such as the health of your natural teeth and your oral hygiene habits.

How do you care for your dental bridge?

Consistent oral hygiene is key to maintaining your tooth bridge. This involves regular toothbrushing, flossing, and visits to our dentist. These habits will all help your dental bridge last longer.

It is also beneficial to avoid cracking hard items with your teeth, like ice or hard candy, to help prevent unnecessary wear and tear and premature damage to your bridge.

Dental bridges walnut creek

Dental bridges are a fantastic way of preserving your smile and your oral health. If you think a dental bridge might be right for you, talk to our dentist, Dr. Keith, here at the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek. Give us a call at (925) 266-3550 today!
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