Replace Missing Teeth at Locascio Family Dentistry
A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between two adjacent teeth. The bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, anchored to the adjacent teeth, called abutments, using dental crowns.
When you come into our Elk Grove, CA office and talk to our staff, we may feel that your best option to replace a single lost tooth is a bonded bridge. A bonded bridge consists of two parts. The first is a false tooth, called a pontic and the second are 'wings' that support the pontic. The entire structure spans the space vacated by the missing tooth giving you a natural looking replacement without damaging surrounding teeth. Neighboring tooth structures are allowed to remain the same and the wings of the bonded tooth are attached behind the neighboring teeth.
So don't put off that dentist appointment one more day. Pick up the phone and call Locascio Family Dentistry at (916) 683-4333 and setup an appointment to replace that missing tooth today. You will be so glad you did.
A bridge may be used to replace a single tooth. A bridge consists of both a false tooth, called a pontic and the anchors (abutment crowns) that support the pontic. The entire structure spans the space vacated by the missing tooth.
Neighboring tooth structure is removed, shaping them to receive an anchor crown. An impression is then taken and sent to a dental lab where they fabricate the bridge.
The structure part of the bridge is created with a strong metal alloy that can handle the anticipated stresses.
Tooth-like porcelain is then fused to the structure. Once the bridge is tested for a correct fit, the anchor crowns are cemented to the neighboring teeth.
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For patients who experience anxiety or fear when undergoing dental procedures, ask Dr. Locascio about sedation. Dental sedation helps patients relax during procedures. It can reduce anxiety and discomfort, make the procedure easier for the dentist, and allow patients to get needed dental care they may have avoided due to fear or anxiety. It can also be helpful for patients who have a strong gag reflex or who need to undergo longer or more complex dental procedures.