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Curb bone loss with porcelain fixed bridges in Murrieta, CA

Are you holding on to painful, broken teeth? Have gaps damaged your smile and affected your ability to eat comfortably? Porcelain fixed bridges in Murrieta, CA, may be an alternative to fill in gaps following extractions or long-term tooth loss. They restore the appearance of your smile and support long-term health and well-being. Scola Family Dentistry recommends tooth replacement soon after extractions. Bone loss arises rapidly after a tooth is extracted or lost due to trauma.For instance, the width and height of bone decrease by 50% among some patients with missing back teeth just 12 months after molars or premolars are lost. Bone loss alters how you chew food and pronounce words, and the appearance of your face. Adequate bone is needed to support tissues and maintain youthful facial dimensions and healthy functionality.

Tooth replacement

Restorative options such as dental bridges decelerate or halt bone loss. How can this be? The bone in the jaw must retain its strength to provide adequate support that facilitates healthy chewing, clear speech, and provides structure to the face. Bony tissue gets its strength from behaviors such as biting and grinding down food. The force from the act of chewing is transmitted from the crowns to the roots in the jaw. When teeth are lost, the supportive bone does not get the stimulation it needs to stay strong. Fixed dental bridges and implant-retained bridges are designed to function like natural teeth. When bridges are present, the force that is generated every time you chew is transferred to the jawbone. So, the height, width, and density of the bone are maintained, and the devastating consequences of bone resorption are avoided.

Types of dental bridges

Dental bridges may be “fixed” or stabilized in the jaw by neighboring, crowned teeth. The specific technique that is used to replace your teeth depends on the number of remaining healthy teeth and their positions, among other factors. Generally, at least one pontic or replacement tooth is made. The pontic is then fused to two crowns. A small amount of the natural tooth is removed from the neighboring or abutment teeth. By crowning these reduced and shaped abutment teeth, they provide sufficient support to hold up the pontic. When bonded to the neighboring teeth, the pontic fills the gap. The replacement tooth is not going anywhere. The appearance of your smile and healthy function is restored.

Replacement teeth may also be supported by implants placed in the jaw rather than by other neighboring teeth. Implants replace the tooth root. So, this design most closely replicates the structure of a natural tooth. Dental porcelain represents one of the most popular materials used to create a portion of a tooth or the tooth in its entirety. Porcelain mimics the appearance of tooth enamel, resists stains, and is durable. Porcelain bridges are sufficiently natural in appearance to replace teeth in the “smile zone,” even the upper front teeth. They are also adequately strong to restore back teeth.

Let’s get the wheels in motion to rejuvenate your smile! Call (951) 692-4221 to schedule your appointment at Scola Family Dentistry’s Murrieta office, serving patients throughout the Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Sun City, and Canyon Lake region.

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