If you have a missing tooth, you may have noticed that simple tasks like eating and chewing have become more difficult. However, dental bridges can restore your smile, fill in your gaps, and leave you looking and feeling great. But how do dental bridges work? Find out the science behind bridges and what they can do for you with Dr. George Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by connecting the gap left behind using three prosthetic teeth in a row. The bridge uses crowns built into the prosthetics on either side to anchor onto the gap’s surrounding healthy teeth. In cases of several missing teeth in a row, a bridge may use dental implants within the gap rather than crowns fitted onto the natural teeth. The prosthetics, called pontics, are made from porcelain so they blend into your natural smile without standing out. Like other dental restorations, a dental bridge is made to last for many years with the proper care.
How can a dental bridge benefit my smile?
The effects of a missing tooth can take a toll on your smile. By replacing the tooth with a bridge, patients eliminate certain situations like drifting teeth and sagging facial muscles. Additionally, many people with missing teeth are embarrassed by their gaps. Replacing their missing teeth gives you back your smile and provides the confidence boost you need to love your look.
Dental Bridges in Reno, NV
In almost all cases requiring dental bridges, the teeth to receive the bridge’s crowns require some preparation. This process is the same as that of a dental crown and involves shaping the teeth into the correct form to fit securely inside of the crown. With the teeth prepared, your dentist uses dental cement to bond the bridge to the teeth. Since the bridge lies on top of the gum line, it requires some extra work to keep it clean. Dentists recommend using threading floss to knock away plaque and bacteria growing underneath the bridge in addition to brushing twice a day and flossing once. See your dentist twice a year for regular dental examination and cleanings to keep your natural teeth and bridge healthy, clean and maintained.
For more information on dental bridges, please contact Dr. Zatarain at Z Dentistry in Reno, NV. Achieving your perfect smile could be as easy as calling (775) 331-1616 to schedule your consultation for a bridge.