Dentists build bridges between teeth! When patients get dental bridges in Ontario, CA, at the office of Dr. Mukesh Patel, they are benefiting from a well-established and highly versatile form of tooth replacement. There are many different types of dental bridges. But the type that is most appropriate for the situation depends on the number of missing teeth, as well as the health of surrounding teeth, and where both gaps and healthy teeth are located. Why do the numbers and locations of teeth matter? To understand the significance of a proper and thorough evaluation at the Ontario Dental Center office is to understand how bridges are designed.
All dental bridges fill in the gaps that extracted teeth leave behind. The bridge is generally made of the pontic or replacement tooth and crowns, or the pontic and clasps or attachments. If the bridge is “fixed” or not removable, the pontic will be fused to crowns as a single piece. In this situation, it is necessary to have at least a couple of neighboring, healthy teeth. For instance, a dental bridge for front teeth would probably need lateral incisors on both the right and left sides of the mouth. The pontics or replacement teeth depend on these neighboring teeth for support.
The crowns are then placed and bonded over those abutment teeth. In this way, the crowns sufficiently hold up the pontic in the middle and effectively “bridge” the gap. Alternatively, the pontic may be held in place with attachments or clasps, instead of being “fixed” to crowned teeth. These bridges may be removed for cleaning.
A fixed, permanent bridge has special cleaning considerations. It is important to clean properly underneath the bridge. Since the space is tight, at Ontario Dental Center, we may recommend special floss threaders or interdental brushes to aid with cleaning. We also demonstrate techniques that help to assure food debris and bacteria do not collect underneath the bridge.
Other fixed bridge designs may not be suitable for teeth that bear the brunt of the pressure from chewing food, such as the molars. These bridges may only be fused to one crown, due to the “availability” of teeth, or they may conservatively be connected not to crowns but directly to the backs of neighboring teeth. Yet another, modern approach to dental bridges allows for the pontics to get support from “artificial tooth roots” or implants placed in the jawbone. These implant-retained systems are designed like natural teeth.
You have many options for replacing missing teeth in Ontario, CA, at the office of Dr. Mukesh Patel. One thing is for certain: Do not wait. If you do not use underlying bone due to missing teeth, you lose that bone tissue. Bone loss can affect everything from how you speak and eat, to how you look.
Call (909) 414-3535 to schedule your appointment at Ontario Dental Center today.