Guide To Dental Bridges

Guide To Dental Bridges in San Francisco 

No one wants a noticeable gap in their smile, but the reality is that there are several reasons someone could lose a tooth that creates just such a gap. Whether it’s a tooth lost to decay or trauma, it doesn’t matter; having an incomplete set of teeth can make people self-conscious about the way they look, not to mention the strain it can put on the functionality of a bite.

 

What is one to do if they’ve got such a gap in their own smile? One excellent option is a dental bridge, which is one of the most common options in San Francisco dentistry for this very problem. As always, Dr. Robert M. Walley is happy to be the one restoring your smile.

What is a Dental Bridge?

The concept of a dental bridge is pretty simple: Dr. Walley can make one or more false teeth for a patient as a means of “bridging” the gap between two healthy teeth. He will fashion special crowns for the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, and these abutment teeth will support the false teeth (called pontics) that fill the empty space in your smile.

Pontics are meant to look and function just like real teeth, and most people will not be able to tell the difference between them and real teeth. They can be fashioned from porcelain, alloys, or even gold. However they’re made, they’ll get your smile looking like new in no time.

What are the Benefits to Dental Bridges?

Other than restoring your smile to all its former glory, these bridges actually are important in that they help patients chew and speak normally again. Overcompensating for missing teeth can expedite damage to other healthy teeth, which is why it’s so important to distribute the force of your bite properly by ensuring all your teeth are present and accounted for.

 

If patients leave a gap alone for too long, it can cause a couple of problems. First, it can actually change the shape of your face. More importantly, though, that gap can allow other teeth to drift out of position, potentially putting them at higher risk of decay, which could over time cause those teeth to fall out as well. In other words, the sooner a patient has this procedure done, the sooner they can protect the healthy teeth that remain.

 

What is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?

 

It’s worth noting that dental bridges are not a one-visit procedure. During the first visit, Dr. Walley will prepare your abutment teeth, which will be responsible for holding the bridge in place. He also will take impressions of other teeth to construct the pontics that will serve as the bridge. You’ll get a temporary bridge while your permanent teeth are being manufactured in the lab.

Your second visit will involve removing the temporary bridge and installing the permanent one. It is possible further visits will be necessary to fine-tune the fit, but that depends entirely on the individual case. Once everyone is happy with the bridge’s fit and function, Dr. Walley will permanently cement the bridge into place.

 

If you have a gap in your smile that you’d like repaired, consider investing in some of the nicest-looking replacement teeth in San Francisco by setting up an appointment at the office of Dr. Robert M. Walley. He can get your smile looking great again with a procedure that can literally change the way you speak, chew, and smile on an everyday basis.