dental bridges

Dental Bridges

dental bridgesScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Missing teeth can affect how you bite and chew. Plus, others easily can see that you have missing teeth, which may cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. A dental bridge may be a viable option for replacing a missing tooth and restoring your smile.

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is one solid piece that looks like three separate teeth that bridge the gap of a missing tooth. The three-piece unit will have dental crowns that fit over the teeth that are on either side of your missing tooth, with a prosthetic dental crown in the middle. The prosthetic tooth is called a pontic, and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or dental implants. The bridge is permanently attached to your teeth, providing you with a restored bite and smile.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Dental bridges have many benefits. They can help restore your smile, and your confidence. Dental bridges restore the ability to properly chew and speak. Replacing your missing tooth, or teeth, with dental bridges will maintain the shape of your face. Dental bridges will distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth. They will prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.

Why should I replace my missing teeth?

Teeth play a significant role in our lives by helping us eat nutritious food, maintain an even bite to avoid jaw joint disorders, and complete our smiles. Teeth even help keep us looking younger and aid in our speech. Missing teeth can contribute to health issues such as poor nutrition, TMD (a jaw joint disorder), headaches or migraines, pain while chewing, and even an embarrassing smile. Plus, once a tooth is pulled, your other teeth may begin to shift out of alignment or suffer other effects from missing a tooth.

Is getting a dental bridge painful?

If you are sufficiently numb, the process is not painful. Getting a traditional dental bridge is usually fairly painless. A temporary bridge is then put in, and there is usually little pain afterward. Placing and cementing the dental bridge into place is usually painless and doesn’t need anesthesia.

What should I expect during a dental bridge procedure?

The dentist will prepare your teeth where the bridge will attach. Impressions of your mouth and teeth are made and sent to a lab where your metal-free dental bridge is specially made for you. You will have a temporary dental bridge made in our office that you will wear while your permanent bridge is being hand-crafted by the lab. You will later return to have your permanent bridge placed. When the procedure is complete, it will appear as though you have beautiful, natural-looking teeth again! With proper care and maintenance, a bridge can last you for years, providing you with a beautiful smile that makes you proud.

Dental Bridge in Scotts Valley

To explore tooth replacement options, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 824-5111 and schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.