Closing the Gap Left Behind from Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can cause a variety of issues with your oral health and self-confidence. At Irvine Spectrum Dental, we consider your oral health and self-confidence to be of equal importance and interconnected. When you have a smile that is complete and healthy, you can smile with greater confidence! The same goes for the other side of the spectrum, too: if you have teeth that are missing or damaged, odds are you become more hesitant to share your smile. If this second example describes you, there is no need to live with a negative attitude towards your smile any longer.

Drs. Yuen, Tong and Yu are pleased to offer dental bridges in Irvine, California, as a way to help patients with missing teeth restore their oral health and regain greater self-confidence. Dental bridges can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row. Your dental bridge will be custom-made to fit your unique bite and provide maximum comfort. The bridge is made up of natural-looking replacement teeth that are held in place by a frame. This frame is covered with a pink acrylic material that gives the appearance of your natural gums. Together, the acrylic gums and replacement teeth create a beautiful, natural-looking restoration.

woman smiling with her hand in her hairTo place your dental bridge, our dentists will shave down the outer layer of the tooth on either side of the gap that is being filled with the bridge. The bridge is then inserted and held in place by placing a dental crown on the shaved-down teeth on either side of the gap. Anchoring the bridge in such a way results in a fixed, or non-removable, restoration that provides greater stability and more natural-like functionality for eating and speaking.

Replacing a missing tooth can help prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place. It can also help restore your natural ability to speak and eat, and help you avoid developing gum disease or other issues in the open area left behind from your missing tooth. If you have any questions about the benefits of dental bridges, or to set up your appointment, go ahead and give us a call today at 949-387-6418!