Dental bridges are available for patients who need tooth replacement
Teeth replacement is necessary when patients have lost or extracted one or more teeth in their smile. The gaps left behind from missing teeth can cause significant problems like shifting the dental arch or bone loss. But which replacement option is appropriate for an individual? While the team at Natalie K. Provenzano DDS, Inc, in San Jose, California, offers a range of solutions, many patients will find the porcelain bridge the best option for their unique situation.
How does a dental bridge work?
Dental bridges help in “bridging the gap” between teeth after tooth loss or extraction. These porcelain restorations are an option for teeth replacement, replacing one or several teeth in a row. The restoration is made with crowns on each end bonded over adjacent teeth or dental implants for support. It is cemented into place, and is not removable. An implant-supported bridge does require additional procedures to prepare but can be effective for patients without the surrounding teeth necessary to place the bridge.
How long does a dental bridge last?
Most patients will enjoy their dental bridges for several years, especially when they continue to take good care of their smiles. That includes brushing after every meal, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for cleaning and evaluation.
Are dental bridges permanent?
Dental bridges are not permanent, though they are a fixed restoration. Patients need to take care of their smiles to reduce the risk of damage or other concerns with improper attention. Patients seeking a more permanent option might want to ask if they are candidates for dental implants instead.
Learn how to take care of dental bridges
Our dentists and dental hygienists can educate patients on how to care for their dental bridges to protect their longevity and ensure a healthy smile. That includes learning how to floss around them and the signs of problems that might require a phone call to the dental office for an assessment.
Schedule a visit today to learn more about dental bridges
If you are considering a porcelain bridge and live in or around San Jose, CA, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Drs. Provenzano or Ram to discuss your needs. The practice is located at 6020 Hellyer Ave., Ste. 100, and can be reached by phone at (408) 226-2542.
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.