Missing teeth can be embarrassing, making it hard to enjoy your life and the foods you love. If you have one or more missing teeth, getting a dental bridge may be able to help recover your smile. Adwen P. Yap, DDS, offers dental bridges to restore your mouth’s function and the look of your smile at his practice in Moreno Valley, California. Call the office or request an appointment online today to get started.
A dental bridge is an oral appliance that fills the gap left by one or more missing teeth. A bridge attaches to the teeth on either side of the gap and has a prosthetic tooth or teeth in between.
The prosthetic teeth are called pontics and are made to look just like your natural teeth. Bridges are a popular restorative and cosmetic dental procedure because they restore the look of your smile and help you chew and speak properly.
When you come to Dr. Yap for a dental bridge, he examines your teeth and mouth to make the best recommendations for you. Dental bridges are completely customizable to fit your needs and your mouth.
There are four common types of dental bridges: traditional bridges, Maryland bridges, cantilever bridges, and implant-supported bridges.
Traditional bridges are a great option when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap. The teeth on the sides of the gap are called abutment teeth. Dr. Yap places a crown on each of the abutment teeth to hold the bridge in place.
Maryland bridges are similar to traditional bridges and use two abutment teeth to hold the bridge in place. But, instead of using crowns, Dr. Yap bonds a metal framework to the backs of the teeth to hold the bridge.
Cantilever bridges only require one abutment tooth. Dr. Yap places a crown on the tooth to secure the cantilever bridge in place.
Implant-supported bridges rely on dental implants to secure the bridgework. A dental implant is a metal rod implanted into your jawbone that holds the bridge in place. Implant-supported bridges are strong and durable.
Your teeth, gums, and jaw all work together to help you chew food and speak clearly. When a tooth or multiple teeth are missing, this interaction changes and can put the health of your mouth at risk.
When a tooth is missing, surrounding teeth can shift or break because your jaw puts more pressure on them. Your gums and jawbone can begin to recede because the tooth is no longer there for them to grow around. Missing teeth can impact the look of your face, making it appear sunken and older.
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge helps your mouth work like it should and keeps your smile intact. If you have missing teeth, a dental bridge can be the solution. Talk to Dr. Yap about your options by making an appointment online or on the phone today.