November 15, 2020
Are you missing a tooth? 178 million Americans have the same problem. Don’t worry—you and everyone else with this leading dental concern do not have to live with an awkward gap in your smile for much longer. If you schedule a consultation here at Cunning Dental Group, our dentists can offer you an effective solution for missing teeth called dental bridges.
A dental bridge is a permanent appliance consisting of several pieces fused together to fit into the open space to replace a lost tooth. Getting a bridge involves one or more fabricated teeth referred to as pontics, which two (or more) crown abutments support on either side of the pontic. These appliances have been replacing missing permanent teeth and restoring attractive smiles since ancient times. Of course, the materials that dentists use have improved immensely over the years. Today, a dental bridge may be made of ceramic, porcelain, alloys, or gold.
Dental bridges provide the following advantages:
Choosing a local dentist who does not offer the latest technology in bridges may lead to several complications, including:
To ensure a successful procedure, only entrust your smile to dentists who specialize in modern cosmetic dental bridges in Irvine and Montclair, CA.
Having a good oral hygiene routine, correcting any mistakes in your regimen, and making regular visits to your dentist are essential to maintaining dental bridges. Doing so will help your bridges last for 10 years or longer.
Are there any foods to avoid with dental bridges?
During the first few days following a dental bridge procedure, most dentists recommend eating soft foods until you become accustomed to your new dental appliances. Later on, having a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber rather than red meat will help foster good oral and overall health.
The foods to avoid after getting dental bridges include:
Having one or more missing front teeth can impede your ability to enunciate certain words. A dental bridge can correct this problem and improve the way you speak.
In 1993, the results of a longitudinal study involving 102 participants with bridges helped explain how dental bridges work. Dentistry students from the University of Oslo made the appliances for all 102 patients. Throughout the study, the participants received routine dental checkups, which allowed dentists to examine the crowned teeth’ disposition on the bridge compared to the control teeth (the teeth without crowns).
After 15 long years of dedicated research, the authors of the study concluded the following pros of dental bridges:
There were also a few downsides:
It’s important to keep in mind that the publishing date of this study was three decades ago. Vast improvements in dental bridge technology have transpired since then, meaning the procedure is safer and more effective than ever.
Our Zirconia bridges in Southern California mimic the beauty and translucency of natural teeth using zirconium oxide, which helps deliver strong and picture-perfect bridge restorations. These modern cosmetic appliances are an excellent alternative if you have any concerns about metal crowns and traditional bridges.
Am I a good candidate for Zirconia bridges?
You may be a good candidate for dental bridges if:
“The difference between correct and incorrect oral hygiene is an important factor in the success of the dental bridge,” according to the University of Rochester’s Health Encyclopedia.
Are Zirconia bridges the right option for me?
Each patient has a different situation, and several factors are involved in determining who is and who is not eligible for this treatment. The best way to ascertain whether our state-of-the-art Lava™ bridge is right for you is through a consultation with one of our specialists. Contact us today at (855) 328-6646 or send us a message online to schedule your appointment. The smile you’ve always wanted awaits!