What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are an excellent way to replace multiple missing teeth. When cared for correctly, this fixed restorative treatment provides patients with a long-term dental restoration. At Temescal Dental, we recommend porcelain bridges for patients who are missing a single or many neighboring teeth.
What are My Dental Bridge Options?
There are numerous kinds of bridges that are available – the most common being the traditional bridge. This bridge is porcelain fused to metal and consists of two crowns that anchor to neighboring healthy teeth. Between the crowns is attached the replacement tooth, known as the pontic. Other bridge options available at our Corona dental office include:
- Maryland Bridge: Also known as a resin-bonded bridge or Maryland bonded bridge, this type of prosthetic uses porcelain or acrylic teeth supported by metal or porcelain framework to replace lost teeth.
- Cantilever Bridge: Used in low-tension parts of the mouth, the Cantilever bridge attaches to just one healthy tooth rather than two.
Not every bridge option works for every patient. During your consultation with Dr. Nguyen, our Corona dentist will conduct an in-depth evaluation of your smile and help you determine the appropriate bridge treatment for your needs.
Why Get A Dental Bridge?
Another advantage of dental bridges is that they are a cost-effective solution. As bridges have no associated surgical costs, this treatment is often less expensive option than replacing missing teeth with a dental implant. Other benefits of dental bridges include:
- Restoring your smile
- Restoring chewing and speaking capacity
- Stopping remaining teeth from moving out of position
- Filling in gaps in smile
- Upgrading from a removable partial denture to a fixed dental appliance
How is a Dental Bridge Placed?
Dental bridges are typically placed in two appointments or more, based on the patient’s oral wellness. During your first visit, teeth on either side of the gap will be prepared for crown placement. We’ll then cover these treated teeth with temporary teeth until your final restoration is made. Dr. Nguyen will also take an impression of your smile and send it to a dental laboratory to create your final bridge that will restore your smile.
Once your porcelain bridge has been made, you’ll return to our office to have the final bridge fit and fixed to your smile. During the first few days following bridge placement, you should avoid crunchy, hard foods. While you may experience some sensitivity in the first few days following treatment, this typically dissipates quickly. To assist with the recovery, your dentist will instruct you on how to care for your teeth right after the process. This usually includes directions on how to correctly brush and floss your bridge as well as and paying frequent visits to your dentist.
Discover your Dental Bridge Options in Corona
Are you tired of empty gaps in your smile? If so, dental bridges can give you the smile of your dreams. Here at Temescal Dental, Dr. Nguyen and his employees are committed to assisting our patients in restoring their oral wellbeing! If you are prepared to explore your dental bridge options, get in touch with us to schedule a consultation. We’re can’t wait to help you achieve your best smile.