The ultimate goal of any dentist is to help patients have a natural and healthy smile, but when a smile has already been damaged due to severe tooth decay or even tooth loss, your Coral Gables dentist will need to work with you to restore the function as well as the appearance of your teeth.
A dental bridge is used to bridge the gap between teeth where a tooth has been lost or has had to be removed due to gingivitis or severe tooth decay. It’s important to work closely with your cosmetic dentist to determine the right way to replace lost or missing teeth.
A dental bridge is one of the more economical and affordable ways to replace missing teeth. However, the jawbone beneath the bridge can continue to deteriorate, and over time this could cause the jawbone to recede from the surrounding teeth. A dental implant can help solve this problem, but an implant may not be the best option for every patient.
When teeth are missing, the other teeth in the mouth tend to reposition themselves during normal use. This can lead to difficulty eating or speaking. A dental bridge helps to preserve the natural spacing of teeth, which helps to maintain the alignment of your teeth.
The bridge is made up of at least three pieces. On either side of the bridge is a crown that attaches to the surrounding teeth. In the middle is a piece called a pontic that looks like a regular tooth. The pontic may be made of metal or porcelain, and the base for these pieces is usually metal.
Some bridges have multiple pontics to replace multiple teeth, although a bridge may be suggested for the loss of a single tooth. A well-crafted bridge can look and function like your natural tooth.
Properly maintained, a bridge can last up to 15 years. Regular oral hygiene can help you to maintain your bridge. Brushing your teeth regularly and having a routine checkup twice a year can help you to avoid problems with your bridge.
Bridges are customized solutions for missing teeth, and a good cosmetic dentist will help to fit you with a bridge that looks and functions perfectly. Call Dr. Aller at Miracle Smiles to consult with the best cosmetic dentist in Coral Gables.