Dental Bridges in Yorba Linda CA
Dental bridge is a restoration that replaces lost tooth. A bridge has one or two anchoring crowns that are attached to a false tooth. The false tooth is the replacement for lost tooth and the anchoring crowns are used to hold the restoration in place. The dental bridge can be supported by natural teeth or by dental implants. Once in place, a dental bridge can last for 10 years or more depending on how the patient cares for it. The restoration can wonderfully aid chewing functions and prevent the nearby teeth from moving towards the gap created from tooth loss. At our dental office, we restore lost tooth using porcelain dental bridges. These restorations have both functional and cosmetic benefits. Therefore our restorations not only replace the lost tooth but can also beautify the smile.
Dental bridges effectively close gaps from missing teeth. They are highly beneficial because they will restore your smile, enable you to pronounce words clearly, and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of position.
Types Of Dental Bridges
There are three types of dental bridges. The first is the traditional variety that uses either a crown or implant on either side of the missing tooth. Between the crowns is a pontic or replacement tooth consisting of porcelain fused to ceramics or metal.
The second type of tooth bridge is the cantilever bridge, a tooth bridge for patients with one adjacent tooth on either side of the missing teeth.
Maryland bonded bridges are either porcelain, plastic teeth, and gums or porcelain fused to metal. They have a metal or porcelain frame with wings that we bond to adjacent teeth to keep the tooth replacement device securely in place.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tooth Bridge?
People with one to four missing teeth in a row may be candidates for dental bridges as long as their abutment or neighboring teeth are in good condition. They must also be relatively healthy and have good gum health. Advanced gum disease can cause gum inflammation and recession, affecting the fit and appearance of the dental bridge.
What Is the Dental Bridge Procedure?
To receive dental bridges, you will need to make at least two appointments with our office. The first visit will be to examine and prepare your abutment teeth for treatment.
First, we will gently file down a thin layer of enamel from the teeth next to the gap so that the crowns fit comfortably over them. Then, we will take an impression of your teeth that our dental lab will use to make the crowns, artificial teeth, and bridge.
At the end of the first appointment, we will fit temporary crowns over the abutment teeth for protection. Then, when your permanent bridge is complete, you’ll come back to our office. We will remove the temporary crowns, install the bridge, and ensure that the bridge fits before we cement it in place.