Trust a La Mesa DDS for your next set of dental bridges. A dental bridge is basically a type of false tooth, called a pontic, and it’s used to replace a missing tooth. The dentist fills in the area that’s left when a tooth is missing by fusing the bridge between two crowns, which are usually made of porcelain. These two crowns holding the bridge in place are attached to the teeth on the sides of the false tooth, and the whole arrangement is known as a fixed dental bridge. Unlike partial dentures, which can usually be taken out of your mouth, fixed dental bridges aren’t removable.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Your La Mesa DDS, Dr. Bashar Dalloul, can recommend the best solution for your specific needs.
Dental bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, correct some bite issues, and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene but will last as many as ten years or more.
Pros and cons of dental bridges
Dental bridges look natural, and they typically only require visiting your dentist twice. Fixed dental bridges can last for ten years or even longer if you practice proper oral hygiene. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, bacteria can build up on your teeth and gums and cause infections. After getting dental bridges, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience mild tooth sensitivity to extreme cold and hot temperatures for several weeks.
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