Do your teeth have an unsightly gap due to tooth loss? You may feel self-conscious about this gap, but it may also be threatening the health of your other teeth. Our Thousand Oaks dental bridges expert can help.
When a tooth is lost, it can trigger other dental health problems that ultimately lead to further tooth loss. Teeth can shift, tilt or push into the gap, and the resulting misalignment can increase the risk of decay and gum disease. Dental bridges are one of the most common ways to replace one or several lost teeth. Dental bridges can be supported by your own natural teeth or by dental implants. Our expert in dental bridges in Thousand Oaks can help you decide which is best for you based on your own dental health needs and your personal preferences.
If your dental bridge will be supported by your own teeth, you will need to have the teeth adjacent to the gap prepared for the placement of crowns. Dental crowns are bonded to the abutment teeth and attached to the pontic, or artificial tooth, for a sturdy, comfortable restoration that can last up to a decade or longer when properly maintained. Our Thousand Oaks dental bridges expert will numb the area in which the bridge will be placed and trim the teeth to fit the crowns. A temporary bridge will be used to protect the teeth and keep the spacing. If you are a candidate for implants, they will need to be placed in a surgical procedure and will usually need to be allowed to heal before the abutments and bridge can be completed.
After your dental bridge is ready, our expert in dental bridges in Thousand Oaks will bond it to your teeth. The porcelain of the bridge closely resembles natural tooth enamel and gives you a look that is both functional and attractive. You can do your part to take care of your new bridge by brushing and flossing according to recommendations. You may need a floss threader to floss around the bridge.
If you have a gap in your smile, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with our Thousand Oaks dentist.