Our teeth help us speak clearly, chew food, and prepare it for digestion. All teeth have a role to play, so the loss of one tooth hinders the normal function of the mouth. Tooth loss can result from tooth decay, gingivitis, or other periodontal problems. Fortunately, we have dental bridges to correct the loss of teeth.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are artificial teeth used to fill the gap between one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge can be removable or fixed. Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard use crowns or directly bond the artificial teeth to the abutment teeth when fixing bridges permanently. Removable dental bridges are bonded with precision attachments or by putting metal clasps on the abutment teeth.
Anyone who has one or more missing teeth will understand the importance of dental bridges. Dental bridges not only help you maintain routine oral functions but also improve your appearance. At Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard, we believe that missing teeth should be replaced to restore your natural appearance and dental health.
The Difference Between Fixed and Partial Dental Bridge
Fixed dental bridges are permanently bonded to the surface of the teeth and can only be removed through professional assistance. On the other hand, removable bridges can be removed easily by the person who has them. Fixed dental bridges have more utility and stability compared to removable ones.
Why Choose Dental Bridges?
Oral appearance and functionality are one of the primary reasons why dental bridges are important. When you lose a tooth, you also lose facial and bone muscle support, which causes your mouth to shrink and make you look older. Facial collapse can be restored with dental bridges that support and lift your cheeks.
Missing teeth put gum tissues under unnecessary stress and pressure, leading to harmful diseases. They also increase the risk of gum disease and hinder clear speech by causing speech disorders. Dental bridges help to prevent these diseases and maintain healthy oral health.
How Does It Work?
Attaching dental bridges can take up to three sittings. Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard will prepare your teeth by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin in the first session. In the next session, we will take impressions of the teeth to fabricate bridges with precision and ensure that your artificial teeth match the opposing teeth and deliver the correct bite. The impressions are then sent to the laboratory to construct the dental bridge.
Fixed bridges are bonded to the natural teeth on both sides of the missing surface. To support the bridge, dental crowns are placed over the natural teeth.