Gaps in your smile can really affect your self-confidence. They can also affect the health of your smile. Remaining teeth may shift to close the gap, or they may tilt into the space. This can increase the risk of gum disease or tooth decay as well as the risk of developing alignment problems or TMJ disorders. Our El Monte dental bridges expert may recommend replacing your lost tooth or teeth with a dental bridge.
Dental bridges are generally made of porcelain or porcelain that is fused to metal. They are securely bonded to abutment teeth or dental implants and support pontics, or false teeth. If you are a candidate for dental bridges, you may need two to three visits with our expert in dental bridges in El Monte.
Dental Bridges El Monte
If you are missing one or two teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. At your initial appointment, our El Monte dental bridges expert will examine your teeth. Your abutment teeth should be healthy and strong. We may recommend a root canal treatment in some cases. Dental X-rays and other images may be used to create a treatment plan. Once your abutment teeth have been prepared, which usually requires shaping the teeth under anesthesia, dental impressions will be taken for the dental lab. A temporary bridge will be placed until the permanent bridge can be bonded.
Good dental hygiene is essential to maintaining any dental restoration. Our expert in dental bridges in El Monte recommends brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You may need to use special tools that allow you to floss around your bridge. Skipping this step can lead to premature failure and decay in the abutment teeth. Regular dental visits allow us to monitor your dental health and ensure that your bridge is functioning the way it should.
Contact our El Monte dentist today to learn more about your tooth replacement options or to schedule your consultation.