Loose or missing permanent teeth can take a toll on your self-esteem and ruin even the most beautiful smile. At CaliDental with locations in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, and Lompoc, California, the experienced team of family and cosmetic dentists offer custom-made bridges to fill in the gap of missing teeth so you can smile confidently. Schedule an appointment with CaliDental over the phone or online to learn more about bridges.
Dental bridges are artificial teeth attached to crowns that fill in gaps caused by missing permanent teeth. They are fixed, nonremovable appliances typically made of porcelain fused to metal. Bridges fit over your natural teeth on either side of a gap, or to dental implants if you have multiple missing teeth.
You can reap numerous benefits from receiving a dental bridge to replace loose or missing teeth. Examples include:
Unlike removable partial dentures that might feel like a hassle, permanent fixed bridges remain securely in place even when you eat, sleep, and brush your teeth.
Receiving a dental bridge is typically a two-step process. During your first visit, your dentist numbs the treatment area and prepares the adjacent natural teeth by removing a portion of the enamel to make room for dental crowns, or caps, that fit snugly over the teeth. If you require dental implants, your dentist surgically places metal posts within your jawbone and allows time for the implants to heal.
Your dentist makes a mold of your teeth and sends it to a dental laboratory, where your new custom bridge gets fabricated. You receive a temporary bridge to wear for a few weeks until your permanent bridge is ready.
At the next appointment, your dentist places your permanent bridge by securely attaching or cementing it into place. Sometimes they temporarily cement the bridge and let your teeth get used to it before using permanent cement.
Dental bridges are durable and typically last many years. However, due to normal wear and tear, over time you might require a replacement bridge or new cement to secure it in place.
You can care for your new bridge by brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing every day, and seeing your dentist regularly for routine exams and professional cleanings. Avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice and hard candies.
Don’t let missing teeth ruin your speech, ability to chew, or beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with CaliDental over the phone or online today.