It is common to have missing teeth and there are many options to have them replaced. Most people lose their teeth due to an accident or from an extraction. There are many reasons why an extraction of a tooth is done – see our “oral surgery” section for more detail. When one or more teeth are missing, other existing, permanent teeth begin to slowly shift into the missing gap. Please make sure a treatment plan to fill the missing teeth is done in a timely fashion to avoid future complications from teeth shifting into different positions.
With all the technology and methods available patients have various options to fill the gaps in their smile and have a whole smile again. A patient has the options to choose between a bridge, a partial denture, or an implant to replace any missing tooth or teeth. All possible options can be discussed with Dr. Steve Kim. There may be preferential treatment plans and/or recommended treatment plans given by Dr. Steve Kim for the patient to decide. Any of these options will work to prevent teeth from shifting, improve chewing and talking functions, and restore a patients smile. Having a tooth or teeth replaced is also critical for a patient’s ability to chew properly if they are missing their back tooth or teeth. Likewise, missing front teeth can be both cosmetically unappealing and impede on any eating functions required by your front teeth.
One of the common method to replace a missing tooth or teeth is to get a dental bridge. A dental bridge can replace one, two, three, or more teeth. There are several factors that are required for a dental bridge to be done. First, the patient’s overall gums and existing teeth must be in good condition; especially the teeth that the bridge will anchor on. Secondly, there must be adjacent teeth next to the missing space for a bridge to be made. For instance if the last molar tooth is missing, a bridge is not a good choice because there are no adjacent teeth for the bridge to be anchored to. Lastly, the patient must agree to floss under the bridge. Longevity of the bridge depends on the teeth that the bridge is attached too. Not flossing under the bridge leads to gum disease for the teeth the bridge is holding on too and eventually these teeth may not last and therefore, the bridge will not last.
One of Dr. Steve Kim specialties are on Dental Bridges, he understands the importance of a person’s personal appeared and how it can affect the individual beyond the surface but also in their overall oral health.
Dr. Steve Kim must always see if the patient is a good candidate for a dental bridge, some things he must examine are the condition of the teeth the bridge will be implanted to know as abutments and the patients gum health. Every situation is different if the condition of the teeth that will sustain the bridge are not healthy enough Dr. Kim may have to place a pontic on the tooth that would support the bridge.
Dental Bridges Consultation and Treatment Planning
When consulting with Dr. Steve Kim, he will let patient know of all the different materials available for the bridge and how effective they may result on the individuality of the case. Dr. Steve Kim truly believes the importance of a bridge and how its use impacts the patient’s life therefore he knows the material used for the bridge should be done by a specialist and have a lab that specializes in all the details complete the fabrication of the bridge item itself vs an in office bridge item. We offer our patients a variety such as bruxism, porcelain and gold, porcelain and metal, zirconia and alumina.
Starting Bridge Treatment:
Keep in mind that at all times of the treatment patient will have a mobile bridge that will help chewing and talking, patient will be able to go on their daily bases no different than in any other day. From the start an impression of the treated area will be taken to create the temporary bridge. The impression is send to the lab to create the temporary bridge and then delivered within a week so the patient can start treatment right away. The temporary bridge will help prevent tooth decay and shifting from the surrounding teeth.
Patient will continue to visit the office for further detail preparations needed and the final visit for the cementation of the bridge.
Dental Bridges Recovery
and Post-Procedure Care
Once the bridge has been cemented it is important to realize that the patient must continue to maintain good oral health habits, from regular brushing and flossing to professional dental visits for cleaning and checkups. Patient will be advice on specific floss that will ease flossing the bridge area. Prevention of plaque and bacteria should be a high priority on an individual’s oral health.
A dental bridge procedure is typically done in more than one visit.