Peyton Dental & Specialties
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
Call us at Peyton Dental & Specialties Phone Number 909-464-2682 to schedule an appointment with our office.
Dental Bridge FAQs
What Exactly Is A Bridge Or Fixed Prosthesis?
A bridge (fixed prosthesis) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable dentures.
Why Do I Need A Bridge?
Do you concern about your beautiful smiles? Aesthetic is the main reason dentists recommend fixed bridge. Well designed bridge will support your lips and cheeks like your natural teeth, and restore your original phonetic sounds when you speak. You can chew properly and speak clearly.
How Is A Bridge Attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Park, Dr. Sunwoo or Dr. Sandhu will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
What Materials Are Used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, Zirconia or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.
How Do I Take Care Of My Bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. More detail information, Ask Drs. Park, Sunwoo or Sandhu and our staff.