For millions of adults, tooth loss is a very sobering reality. A high percentage of adults can be expected to lose one or more natural teeth each year due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or a traumatic injury. Fortunately, your dentists in Walnut Creek CA has the expertise to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile.
A bridge is one option for replacing one or more missing teeth. The replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to neighboring teeth that permanently secure the bridge in place. By “bridging” the gap created by a missing tooth, this structure can serve multiple purposes at once:
- Restores the chewing surface
- Stabilizes the neighboring teeth
- Creates a more uniform, uninterrupted smile
Based upon your individual needs, your bridge may be fabricated from materials such as gold, porcelain fused to metal or full ceramic. They are fabricated in a dental laboratory and typically require two visits to complete. During the interim time, temporary bridges are utilized to maintain your bite and to preserve the space that has been prepared for your permanent bridge. Once your bridge has been delivered from the dental laboratory and inspected by your dentist, you will return to the office to have your new restoration permanently cemented into place. It is this aspect that differentiates a bridge from other tooth replacement solutions such as removable partial dentures.
The bridge is also a highly versatile solution for tooth loss. It can be used to replace the front or back teeth. If multiple teeth are missing, a bridge can be extended and anchored with dental implants.
With proper care and routine dental visits, you can expect to enjoy many years of hard work from your dental bridge. A well-made bridge is durable enough to chew various textures of foods while maintaining its attractive and natural appearance.
If you would like to learn more about your tooth replacement alternatives, call to arrange your consultation with your Walnut Creek dentist today.