Bridges are used when a tooth or several teeth in a row have been lost. The bridge consists of a pontic, or false tooth, suspended between two crowns. This is a highly effective way to replace a lost tooth, maintain proper spacing between teeth, evenly distribute bite forces, and attractively restore a smile. Lower bridges with lava crowns are becoming more popular as patients discover the many benefits they offer. Dr. Mondavi frequently recommends them for our patients who have lost teeth in their bottom jaws.
Lava crowns are a special type of crown made from zirconium. This type of porcelain is extraordinarily strong and durable, but it is also designed to remain flexible like natural teeth, which means that it can withstand the same bite forces and day-to-day wear and tear that your own teeth can. The thin material requires less removal of dental enamel, which allows for a more conservative restoration, and is biocompatible for a more natural restoration.
While there are many benefits to Torrance lava crowns on lower bridges, the biggest may be the aesthetic factor. The translucent zirconia looks remarkably like dental enamel, Dr. Mondavi can modify the shape, size and color of your bridge for a completely customized look. Once your bridge has been bonded into position, no one will be able to distinguish it from your natural teeth. Your smile will look flawlessly beautiful from any angle.
If you are a candidate for a lava bridge, the process is similar to getting a conventional bridge. Dr. Mondavi will begin by ensuring the two abutment teeth, which are the teeth that will support the bridge, are strong and healthy. He will then shape them by removing some of the enamel. We protect them with a temporary bridge while you wait for your permanent bridge, and when it is ready, we use a special bonding material to secure it into place.
Your bridge can last many years, but it will last longer if you take care of it. Good brushing and flossing habits are essential. Dr. Mondavi will show you the best ways to maintain your smile. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with our dentist in Torrance.