Sometimes gum disease, tooth decay, oral injuries, or even simple wear can result in the loss of a tooth. A large gap in your smile may not only look unappealing, it can also create significant problems for your dental health if it isn’t corrected. Over time, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth in order to compensate for the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to move into the gap, resulting in pain, discomfort, and potentially more problems. Porcelain bridges, as the name suggests, act as a bridge for the gap in your smile and connect it to your surrounding teeth. Honolulu cosmetic dentist Dr. Adachi can create a lifelike, functional bridge to correct your smile, restore your bite, and alleviate your discomfort.
A porcelain bridge relies on your teeth on both sides of the gap to act as its supportive structure. The bridging process begins when crowns are created for the two neighboring teeth surrounding the gap, then a prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is fused between the crowns to fill the gap. A bridge is a semi-permanent dental restoration, meaning that it can only be removed by a dentist, so you can rest assured that your porcelain bridge will be a lasting restoration.
If you’re a Hawaii resident who would like to learn more about what dental bridges add to your smile, then please contact Honolulu cosmetic dentist Dr. Adachi today!