Dental bridges the lasting way to close unsightly, unhealthy gaps between teeth

Of course, the Serene Dentistry Ventura team partners with patients to keep their teeth looking, feeling, and functioning at their healthy best. However, sometimes accidents are unavoidable. New challenges to good oral care and health can present with time. Formerly healthy individuals in our corner of southern California may suddenly find themselves grappling with failing teeth or tooth loss for the first time. Whatever the case, individuals needing tooth replacement can trust our kind, non-judgmental, gentle, and precise approach to rebuilding teeth. Following a thorough consultation and examination, Dr. Klara Efner may recommend dental bridges as a way to replace a single tooth, a few scattered teeth, or groupings of teeth.

Bridging the gaps

If we move forward with the bridge process, the traditional bridge requires the removal of some natural tooth structure from the neighboring teeth on either side of the gap where a tooth used to be or from either side of the tooth that will be extracted or removed. This step is necessary because these neighboring teeth play a vital role in the long-term health and stability of the replacement tooth. These teeth are called “abutments.” They serve to support and anchor the new tooth (or “pontic”). To adequately hold the pontic in place, the abutments must be crowned. All crowns require that the natural tooth be slightly reduced in size. That way, the crown (or “cap”) will fit properly on top of the tooth.

Information about the prepared teeth is also used to make the crowns and pontic. The pontic is then fused to the crowns, and this bridge is applied and secured to the prepared abutments as a single unit or fixed piece. The pontic is not going anywhere! As such, it is considered a permanent form of tooth replacement. If you need to replace more than one tooth, a few pontics may be made, attached to the crowns, and then bonded or secured to the abutment teeth.

Bridges can largely be cared for like natural teeth; however, we can demonstrate techniques to effectively clean under the bridge. We may also recommend floss threaders or interdental picks and brushes to aid in removing food particles and other substances from underneath the bridge. If these substances are not properly and consistently removed, they can give rise to reinfection and threaten the health of the bridge and neighboring teeth.

To find out more about your options for tooth replacement, call Serene Dentistry Ventura at (805) 653-1599. During your consultation, Dr. Efner may also discuss a modern “twist” on the traditional bridge: bridges supported by dental implants positioned in the jawbone and designed to function as tooth roots.

Many Happy Faces

A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.