If you’ve ever suffered from tooth loss, you’re no stranger to the awkward and uncomfortable feeling that comes along with a unwanted gap in your mouth. Many patients turn to dental bridges to help restore their full smile and regain their confidence. Masters Dental Group has been serving patients in San Antonio, Texas since 1948. They have the experience and the skillset to help you ‘bridge’ the gap once again towards a healthy and confident smile. Call Masters Dental Group today or schedule an appointment online.
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device cemented onto your existing teeth or implants. It replaces missing teeth by using your surrounding teeth as a foundation, creating a literal ‘bridge’ between your remaining teeth and missing ones. Unlike dentures that you can take out and clean daily, only your dentist can remove a dental bridge.
Your dentist may recommend a bridge if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause your remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces. This can result in a bad bite and cause imbalance that could lead to issues like gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Dental bridges provide a multitude of benefits:
Improve your smile
Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of your face
Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Maintaining your dental bridge is quite simple: practice good hygiene. Brush and floss it regularly as you do with your natural teeth.
Your dentist cements bridges to your natural teeth or implants so they can span the space where teeth are missing. These teeth are called abutments, which serve as anchors for your new bridge. Your dentist then attaches a replacement tooth, called a pontic, to the crowns that cover the abutments.
After your dental implants are placed, Masters Dental Group will schedule a follow up appointment to evaluate your bridge and see how your mouth is reacting to the treatment. Even if you think everything feels normal, it’s important that your dentist double-checks everything.
Although you have a choice of materials for bridges, dental porcelain is remarkable in its ability to replicate both the form and function of original teeth. Your dentist can shape dental porcelain to replicate your original teeth and fit comfortably within your established bite pattern. Because porcelain is very durable, it’ll withstand most natural tooth functions. It also serves an aesthetic purpose: porcelain can match the color of your natural teeth. With its glass-like whiteness and translucence, it vividly mimics tooth enamel, ensuring that your smile looks natural and beautiful as ever.
Masters Dental Group can help you decide which material is best for you based on the location of your missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations, and cost. Not only do dental bridges improve your oral health but they can also improve your smile, with the longevity, durability, and esthetic you desire. Regardless of the reasoning for your tooth loss, Call Masters Dental Group today or schedule an appointment online to discuss if dental bridges are right for you