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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM MISSING TEETH?
An accidental impact or blow to the mouth could leave anyone with a few missing teeth. Missing teeth can affect the way you pronounce your words, how you bite and chew your food, and your smile. But, in this day and age of medical and dental advancements no one needs to have missing teeth. Dental bridges are the perfect prosthetic to restore your smile and have you talking and eating normally. At Amaya Dental our technology provides some of the highest quality dental bridges.
WHAT ARE DENTAL BRIDGES?
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Dental bridges are prosthetic teeth that replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of artificial teeth that are set on a gum colored base. The teeth are made using gold, metal alloys or porcelain. The false tooth/teeth can also be made with a combination of porcelain and metal. The false tooth is called a pontic and it is flanked on either side with crowns that fit over your natural teeth and anchor the bridge in place. The teeth that the crowns fit over are called abutment teeth.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BRIDGE?
You are a good candidate for a bridge if you have lost one or more teeth but have healthy teeth on either side of the gap. If you have missing teeth, the dentists at Amaya Dental will be able to tell you if a bridge is a good option for you after giving you an oral assessment.
HOW LONG DO BRIDGES LAST?
Dental bridges can last up to fifteen years with the right care and cleaning. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully to prevent any damage to the bridge.
The bridge might take a little getting used to at first but over time it will start to feel completely natural.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE LIKE?
If you are a good candidate for a dental bridge you will undergo the following procedures over the course of a few appointments.
- The abutment teeth will first need to be prepared so that the crowns fit over them comfortably. Preparation of these teeth involves removing some of the enamel from the surface. Removing the enamel makes room for the crown to be placed over the tooth.
- Measurements and impressions will then be taken of the gap and the abutment teeth so that the bridge can be custom made. The color of your other teeth is also noted so that the crowns and pontic match them and look natural. These details are then sent to an external lab where the bridge is prepared.
- A temporary bridge is placed in your jaw to protect the abutment teeth and fill the gap.
- When the final bridge is ready the temporary one is removed and the new one is put in place. Any required adjustments are made at this point and then the bridge is cemented firmly to the abutment teeth.
DO DENTAL BRIDGES LOOK NATURAL?
At Amaya Dental we take great care to ensure your dental bridge looks natural and fits perfectly. We will take accurate measurements and match the shade of your prosethetic tooth with those of your surrounding natural teeth. If your existing teeth happen to be stained or discolored, you may choose to get them whitened at the same time as getting your dental bridge. The material used in dental bridges is both stain and bleach resistant, so it will not change colors over time or yellow with age.
HOW LONG DO DENTAL BRIDGES LAST?
Dental bridges can last anywhere from 5-15 years, and how well you take care of them can greatly extend their lifespan. The overall health of your mouth will play a part in the longevity of your bridge, so if you maintain good oral health there is a good chance your bridge will last longer. Dental bridges depend on surrounding natural teeth for their stability. Thus, keeping your natural teeth in good condition will help your bridge stay in place and last longer.
As part of taking care of your dental bridge, we recommend you see your dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning. During your cleaning the dentist will remove any plaque or sign of infection in and around your bridge, as well as do a preventive check to ensure your bridge is kept secure.
PROVEN TREATMENTS TO RESTORE MISSING TEETH
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If you are missing one or more teeth, contact our team at Amaya Dental and get the treatment you need to fully restore your mouth. Please give us a call to schedule a consultation or you can request an appointment online and one of our office staff will contact you shortly. When looking for dental bridges, patients have reported absolute satisfaction in the results we were able to obtain for them.