Dental Bridges Redondo Beach
If you’ve lost teeth or had teeth removed, then an outstanding option for you to restore your smile could be a dental bridge. Patients who are suffering from missing teeth can restore their healthy smile, and a dental bridge can also help with the overall shape of your face and your ability to speak and chew.
We are dedicated to the art and science of dentistry and offer the most cutting-edge dental techniques and technology available. We love when our patients call us with questions about their dental procedure so schedule your appointment today.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
If you’ve lost teeth and are anxious to finally smile with your mouth open again, then a dental bridge is a fantastic option. Patients who are interested in filling in their missing teeth often ask us what exactly dental bridges are.
Just like the support pillars on a bridge, a dental bridge uses your existing, healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support a new, synthetic tooth. The bridge is custom made to fit on your teeth and provides a solid, sturdy chewing surface and also supports the natural shape of your face. The result is a very natural cosmetic solution to replacing a lost tooth. Fixed bridges are cemented permanently into place over the supporting teeth, and are not removable. Bridges can also be made to be screwed into place over implants that have been previously placed in order to replace missing teeth. Your custom dental bridges can be made from different materials, including metal, porcelain, composite, zirconia, and e.max®. If you decide a bridge is for you, then the most accurate and durable bridges are made using the CEREC® 3D system. This provides an accuracy that is not possible with the traditional impressions that would otherwise be made.
Who Can Get a Dental Bridge
Patients who have lost one or more teeth and are in good health are excellent candidates for dental bridges. Even if you’re missing more than one tooth, a dental bridge can still be used to replace your lost teeth. During your examination, we will discuss the entire procedure, answer any questions, and make a recommendation on what the best next step should be.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three different types of dental bridge procedures. Which one is right for you depends on your health and what your unique dental needs are.
- Traditional Fixed Bridge– Traditional dental bridges use each of the teeth on either side of your missing tooth. Our doctors will prepare these teeth as would be done for individual crowns, and then cement the bridge on top of them.
- Cantilever bridge– This type of bridge is appropriate when there is a support tooth on only one side of the missing tooth. This method is not as widely used as it was in the past.
- Maryland bridge– This type of bridge usually replaces an anterior tooth with minimal preparation to the adjacent teeth. The synthetic tooth usually has a small wing on either side that is bonded to the backs of the adjacent teeth, thus holding the tooth in place.
What is the Procedure for Getting a Dental Bridge
Patients usually get their bridge work done in 2 or more visits.
- With a traditional bridge, where there are two healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap, the first step is for our doctors to prepare those teeth for crowns.
- Our doctors will then take a digital scan of the area being worked on and make a porcelain bridge. Sometimes an impression will need to be made so that our lab can create the dental bridge, especially over implant bridges. After this first visit, our patients get a temporary bridge to wear until they come back.
- After the bridge is made, a follow up appointment is needed so our doctors can cement this bridge into place. Some patients may have to come back to get their bridge checked and adjusted to perfect the bite. This happens frequently because the numbing can make it hard to know if your bite is exactly right.
Maintaining and Caring for your Dental Bridge
After your procedure is complete, patients should still take care and maintain their dental bridge. Patients can keep their bridge healthy and in good condition with regular check-ups and cleanings. These bridges can last for years, sometimes even up to 15 years or more.
We would be honored to help you regain your confidence with a beautiful set of dental bridges. Call us today with any questions or concerns you might have. We can set up a convenient time for you to visit our office, meet our team and get a quick examination.
Give us a call today at (310) 504-3957 if you’re tired of your missing teeth keeping you from smiling or from being able to speak like you used to.