If you are missing a tooth, or even a few teeth, a dental bridge may be an effective way to replace your lost teeth and restore your smile. The dentists at Creative Dimensions Dentistry offer their patients from throughout the Bay Area natural-looking dental bridges at both the San Leandro and Castro Valley, California offices. If you have lost adult teeth and are looking for a tooth replacement solution, call or book an appointment online today.
Dental bridges are custom-made prosthetic teeth that ‘bridge’ a gap left by a lost adult tooth. Bridges come in permanently fixed and removable designs. The prosthetic tooth is anchored in place by crowns fitted to the teeth on either side of the gap. A removable bridge snaps into place and is held in place by clasps attached to the neighboring teeth.
Bridges are typically made of porcelain fused to metal for strength and a natural appearance. The porcelain can be tinted to match your neighboring teeth. Dental bridges are not purely cosmetic, they also help to keep your remaining teeth in the correct position and alignment.
You’ll typically need two visits to be fitted with your dental bridge. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare your neighboring teeth for the crowns. Your dentist then takes impressions of your teeth to create custom-fit crowns and prosthetic teeth to create your bridge. You’ll be fitted with a temporary bridge while your permanent bridge is manufactured. During your final visit, your dentist will fit your permanent bridge, check your bite, and make sure you are comfortable.
Dental bridges provide a variety of benefits. A dental bridge will restore your smile, help you to chew and eat properly, preserve the shape of your face and jaw, and prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of correct alignment.
If you have a permanent bridge, you’ll brush and floss twice a day as you do with your natural teeth. If you opt for a removable bridge, you can take it out to clean it like you would with dentures. Regardless of what kind of bridge you have, you’ll need to attend regular dentist appointments for cleaning and checkups. With proper care, a permanent bridge can last for 10 years or more.