Losing a tooth can destabilize the health and function of your smile. Because the bone that had supported the tooth is no longer needed, the body begins absorbing it shortly after the tooth is lost. This can lead to the jawbone becoming thinner and narrower in that area. The other teeth may begin to shift and tilt into the gap left by the tooth, which can cause misalignments. Over time, you may be more susceptible to dental problems such as TMJ disorder, tooth decay, and other issues. Our Torrance porcelain fixed bridges expert can help.
A fixed dental bridge is a type of restoration that replaces the lost tooth with a pontic, or artificial, tooth, and is supported by two dental crowns attached to “anchor teeth”, which are next to the gap. Our expert in porcelain fixed bridges in Torrance can typically place a bridge in two dental visits. At the first visit, your anchor teeth will be prepared, and your bridge will be designed. The preparation process is done under local anesthetic. Some of the enamel will be removed to create space for the crowns. For the best results, these teeth should be strong and healthy enough to support the crowns and the pontic.
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Once your teeth have been prepared, our Torrance porcelain fixed bridges expert will take dental impressions that will be used to create a model of your teeth and design your new bridge. The dental lab will then create your new bridge, and we use a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth and restore your smile while you wait for your permanent restoration. When your bridge is ready, we will check it for fit and aesthetics before bonding it into position.
Porcelain offers excellent cosmetic results and is strong and durable enough to last for many years. Good dental hygiene will keep the supporting teeth healthy and maximize the life of your bridge. Brush after meals for the best results. Floss daily. To floss around the bridge properly, you may need to use a special floss tool to thread the floss above and around the bridge. Visit our expert in porcelain fixed bridges in Torrance about twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
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