Dental Bridge


Losing a tooth can happen for some different reasons. You might lose a tooth as a result of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). A tooth could get knocked out due to facial trauma.

You may also suffer severe tooth decay that can lead to the need for a tooth extraction. Losing a tooth has several significant effects on your oral health, your smile, and your quality of life. No matter how you lose a tooth, it can have a significant impact on your entire life. Mark Romanelli DDS can help with a bridge.

What Happens When You Lose a Tooth?


•  Your confidence may fall
•  Difficulty properly chewing food
•  Issues with speech, such as a lisp
•  An increased risk of tooth damage
•  An increased risk for cavities and gum disease.
•  Depending upon the location, the quality of your smile decreases
•  Your adjacent teeth can shift out of natural alignment into the empty gap, which can throw off your bite

Bridges for Replacing Teeth


Diagram of a dental bridge from dentist office in Atascadero, CA.A bridge is a traditional treatment for replacing a missing tooth, although it can be used to replace up to three in a row. There are a few different types of bridges, including Maryland, cantilever, and fixed.

A fixed bridge is the most common type of bridge used. This restoration, commonly made out of a single piece of ceramic or porcelain, is designed to look like your natural tooth. The replacement, or Pontic, tooth fills the empty space. The Pontic tooth has two crowns, one on each side, that are there to anchor the restoration into place on the teeth adjacent to the gap. They hold the bridge securely in place, restoring the functions of the missing tooth and your smile.

How is a Bridge Placed?


1.  Preparation: To place a bridge, we first need to prepare the adjacent teeth, or abutment teeth, for the crowns of the restoration. This process, done under a local anesthetic, reduces the abutment teeth in size so that the bridges can fit properly over them, ensuring that your bridge sits perfectly naturally in your mouth.

2.  Impressions: Once the teeth are prepared, we take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our dental lab. There, it is used to create a custom bridge just for you. When it is finished, we check to make sure that it fits properly, your bite is natural, and it feels comfortable.

3.  Placement: Finally, if no adjustments are needed, it is bonded into place on the abutment teeth with special dental cement. The whole process often requires two separate visits to complete.

What are the Benefits of a Bridge?


•  Your speech is restored
•  Your oral health is improved
•  The restoration of your smile
•  You can bite and chew normally again
•  The adjacent teeth are held in proper alignment

If you have suffered the loss of even just one tooth, it is important that you have it addressed right away. A bridge can be an effective way to restore the functions of your missing tooth and your smile. For more information, and to find out if a bridge is right for you, call Mark Romanelli DDS at (805) 468-4659 today.

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