Patients in the Walnut Creek, California area who are not proactive about replacing missing or extracted teeth may be putting themselves at risk for a wide range of problems. Not only is the smile’s appearance affected, but it can also make it more difficult for a patient to chew and speak efficiently. Additionally, due to the gap left behind by the lost tooth, patients might also deal with teeth that shift out of place within the dental arch. In situations such as this, it is vital that patients speak to a dentist about replacement options, including fixed dental bridges.
What is a fixed dental bridge?
Dr. Mark A. Wong of Walnut Creek, California describes the fixed dental bridge as a porcelain restoration custom-made to use the adjacent teeth to support the restoration, which is created with crowns on each side and pontics fused in-between. The dentist prepares the adjacent teeth by removing a thin portion of enamel, allowing the dental bridge to bond over the top of these teeth and “bridge the gap” that remains. Fixed dental bridges do not require removal like a partial denture does but is not as expensive as other fixed options such as a dental implant.
What are the benefits of a fixed dental bridge?
- Natural-looking appearance
- Fabricated from strong and durable porcelain
- Created specifically for the patient
- Does not need to be removed, though special care is required
- Can restore chewing, biting, and speaking efficiency
- Restores the smile’s appearance
- Keeps remaining teeth from shifting out of place
- Affordable, and often covered in part by dental insurance plans
How do I know if I am a candidate for a fixed dental bridge?
During a consultation appointment with Dr. Mark A. Wong, patients of the Walnut Creek, California area will be able to find out if they are a good fit for fixed dental bridges. The evaluation portion allows him to determine if the adjacent teeth are healthy enough to place a dental bridge. The best way to make an appointment with the team is by calling (925) 678-5600 and visiting at 3075 Citrus Circle, Suite 204.