Even a single missing tooth can create more problems than you may think. You may have to pass on some of your favorite foods, you might find it difficult to speak clearly and the problem could also have a negative effect on the cosmetic appeal of your smile. That empty space can also still accumulate plaque and give your teeth room to drift out of alignment. Fortunately, we have an easy answer to this problem. Call Rosedale Dental Studio at 661-501-4746 to schedule a visit for a dental bridge in Bakersfield, California, with our dentist, Dr. Nicole Chen.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a set of prosthetic teeth that is used to fill in the space left by a single tooth or two or more adjacent teeth. The dental bridge is held in place by two dental crowns placed on the teeth on each side of the gap and is known as a fixed dental restoration. This means that only a dentist can remove and replace it. It can be an effective option for people who are not in a position to have dental implants placed.
Placing a Dental Bridge
Placing your new dental bridge is a two-step process. During your initial visit, our dentist will remove the enamel from each tooth on either side of the gap in your smile. Then, we will take impressions of those teeth and the treatment area, which will be sent to a lab. While your permanent bridge is being manufactured, we may place a temporary bridge with crowns. When your new restoration is ready, our dentist will make sure that it fits your smile and then cement it in place.
Caring for Your Bridge
With the right care, your dental bridge may last you 10 years or even longer. You can brush your prosthetic teeth just as you do your natural teeth. Flossing with a bridge can be challenging, and our team can talk with you about using a floss threader or water flosser. It is also important to maintain good gum health to ensure that your crowns do not fail, and of course, you should see our dentist for your regular dental cleanings and exams.