When you are missing one or more teeth, the gap can be eliminated with a bridge. This restoration looks just like your natural teeth and also serves to keep your teeth aligned correctly. Top Thousand Oaks dentist, Dr. Chow provides his patients with a dental bridge to both enhance their smiles and maintain oral health.
To remedy a missing tooth with a bridge, the two teeth flanking the gap are capped with crowns. A false tooth is attached between each crown, fulfilling the function of the previously missing tooth. The whole restoration is one piece and fixed permanently. The two crowned teeth on either side of the gap provide the anchor to hold the bridge in place.
If you already have crowns covering the teeth surrounding a gap, or they need crowns, a bridge may be a good option. The reason is because these teeth, in order for a crown to fit over them, must be shaved down. If those surrounding teeth are not crowned yet and are healthy, a better alternative may be a dental implant.
A gap left by a missing tooth is an invitation for trouble. Without a substitute tooth, the surrounding teeth will start to shift their position into the empty space. This will in turn affect your bite, open the door to gum disease, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems. Dr. Albert Chow provides one the best economical choices for a dental bridges in Thousand Oaks.
Procedure for Getting Your Dental Bridge
Once the anchoring teeth have been shaved down in size, Dr. Chow will take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be made into a mold that exactly represents your teeth, including their size and position. He will also use a shade guide to be sure porcelain crowns match your other teeth, unless you opt for a metal crown.
Your bridge and crowns will be custom made in a lab with the specifics supplied by Dr. Chow. It's possible a temporary bridge will by placed while your permanent bridge is being made. When it is ready, Dr. Chow will remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge in place via the anchoring crowns on either side of the gap.
Will My Bridge Last a Long Time?
Because Dr. Chow is one of the best dentists Thousand Oaks has to offer, based on his expertise, he will not recommend a bridge if it is not the optimum solution for your condition. Dr. Chow's dental team prides itself on quality dental work and restorations; not cheap work-arounds. If a bridge is the correct solution for you, and if you practice careful and regular dental hygiene, the bridge is expected to last a lifetime. It's very important to maintain healthy gums and teeth with regular brushing and flossing, along with routine professional cleanings at our office. If gum disease is allowed to take hold, it can eventually affect the roots of teeth as well as bone. When this happens, it can result in the teeth anchoring the bridge becoming loose, which would unseat your bridge.
Different Kinds of Bridges
Bridges can be made of different materials, such as porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and resin. They can be made to match the color of your teeth. Your budget may influence which type you choose as well as where the bridge will be placed. For example, a metal crown may be acceptable in the back teeth, where porcelain crowns and bridges would be more aesthetically pleasing on teeth that show when eating or talking.
A Beautiful and Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth
With various options available to you to repair, restore and enhance your smile and oral health, it may be hard to know what to do. Dr. Chow is well known for his chairside manner, and he takes the time to help his patients understand their treatment plan and go over options. He will answer all your questions. For the best dental bridge Thousand Oaks has to offer, Model Smile Dentistry is the office of choice.
Schedule a Consultation
We welcome the opportunity to help you understand the state of your oral health with a consultation with Thousand Oaks dentist, Dr. Albert Chow. He will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the results with you, ensuring you understand all of your dental options.