If you live with one or more missing teeth, you understand the need to find a lasting tooth replacement option. Dr. Reza Kasiri of Orthodontics and General Dentistry in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego, can assist men and women from in and around San Diego with all types of smile restoration. Dental bridges are an affordable tooth replacement choice; they provide durability, aesthetic appeal, and comfort. When you’re ready to replace one or more missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kasiri to learn more about the available options. Online scheduling is available, or you can simply call the office.
When most people think about missing teeth, it’s the aesthetic problems that come to mind. One or more missing teeth can lead to problems with your smile, but looks aren’t the only thing to consider.
When one or more teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth begin to shift out of position, which can make them crooked and can also cause instability in your upper or lower arch.
Some men and women suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) due to missing teeth. Shifting teeth can change your bite, which also changes the forces placed on the muscles and bones of your jaw.
Missing teeth can also make it harder to effectively brush and floss, increasing your chances of gum disease and tooth decay. Some people even experience changes in the shape of their face when they lose multiple teeth.
Dental bridges consist of artificial teeth called pontics that use an anchoring system to stay in place. Unlike dentures, bridges are not removed for cleaning.
There are several different types of bridges, and Dr. Kasiri works with you to find the right type for your specific needs.
Traditional bridges are the most popular option. They are made of one or more pontics held into position by dental crowns on your adjacent teeth.
These bridges work in much the same way as traditional bridges, but the pontic is only anchored to one adjacent tooth with a crown, rather than being held in place by crowns placed on two teeth.
A Maryland bridge uses pontics anchored to porcelain or metal framework. Dr. Kasiri bonds the framework to your adjacent teeth, with no need to attach a crown.
Once your bridgework is in place, you’ll brush them the same way as your natural teeth. The technology used to create today’s bridges is advanced, but you should still take care not to damage your bridge by biting down on excessively hard food items or ice.
Gum care is also important, so be sure to engage in healthy brushing and flossing habits. Some people find that food particles become trapped beneath their bridge. If so, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kasiri to check that your bridge is properly positioned, and that your gum tissue is not receding.
If you’d like to learn more about bridges or other tooth replacement options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kasiri at your earliest convenience.