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By Z Dentistry
May 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental bridges  

Find out how a dental bridge could give you back a full smile after tooth loss.

Dealing with an unsightly gap in your smile due to one or more missing teeth in a row? If so, then you could be a great candidate for a dental crown-and-bridgebridge, an oral prosthetic that fills gaps with false teeth that are made to look just like the real thing. Learn more about what to expect when you get a dental bridge from our Reno, NV, dentist Dr. George Zatarain, as well as the benefits of this tooth replacement option.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

The most obvious benefit is that you will have a full set of teeth again after getting a dental bridge so you will no longer feel self-conscious about the gap or gaps in your smile. The false tooth of the dental bridge will be made to look just like a real tooth so the only person who will even know that you have a fake tooth is you.

A dental bridge is also made from resilient and durable material that restores chewing and speaking function. By placing false teeth in the gaps we can also improve your bite, making sure that the force and weight are distributed evenly amongst all of your teeth to prevent excessive wear and tear, or injury to other healthy teeth.

Once the bridge is placed this will also prevent the rest of your natural teeth from slowly shifting into the open gap. If you don’t replace a missing tooth or teeth the rest of your smile will try to compensate, which can lead to even further issues like crookedness, gaps between teeth and crowding. By getting a dental bridge as soon as possible after tooth loss you can prevent this from happening.

Who could benefit from getting a dental bridge?

Any adult who is missing at least a single tooth could benefit from getting a dental bridge. Bridges are often fixed in place with the help of dental crowns, which are cemented into place over healthy natural teeth that sit on both sides of the gap. In order to make sure that you are ideal for a dental bridge, our dentist will first need to examine your smile to ensure that teeth are healthy and strong enough to support crowns and the false tooth.

Do you have questions about getting a dental bridge? Do you want to find out if you’re the ideal candidate for a bridge? If so, then call Z Dentistry today in Reno, NV, to schedule a consultation with us. Let us restore your smile after tooth loss.

By Z Dentistry
September 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a missing tooth, you may have noticed that simple tasks like eating and chewing have become more difficult. However, dental bridgedental 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.