Dental Bridge

Dental Bridges in Pleasanton CA.

A dental bridge replaces missing teeth by connecting to multiple crowns or the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Dental bridges are a popular option for patients who have lost one or more teeth due to decay, injury, or gum disease. Unlike removable appliances, a dental bridge is permanently fixed in place and drastically improves a patient’s ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. A dental bridge can last for many years and offers a comfortable way to improve your appearance and dental health.

The Dental Bridge Process

The process of getting a dental bridge typically involves the similar steps as a crown. For most bridge cases, it will involve 2 dental visits. In complex bridge cases, our dentists may suggest a study model to help with planning and designing of the bridges. 

1st Visit – Bridge Preparation

We will remove damage or decay from your natural tooth. In most instances, a core build up filling may be needed to restore parts of the missing tooth so the crown may have a better foundation to rest on. Our dentists will create a digital impression of your tooth with an intraoral scanner. This eliminates the need for traditional messy impressions, making the process more comfortable, precise, and less time consuming. Our care team will provide you with temporary crowns to protect your teeth. We will then send the digital impression to our lab who uses high-quality materials and high-tech machinery to make a precisely fitting crown that matches your natural teeth and smile.

2nd Visit – Bridge Delivery

We will remove the temporary bridge or crowns and place the new bridge over your tooth. After you approve the look and feel of the bridge, it will be bonded to your tooth. Your bridge will be adjusted for proper bite and polished to match the gloss of your natural teeth.

After the dental bridge has been placed, the patient will need to follow a regular oral hygiene routine to maintain the health of the bridge and prevent any complications. This may include brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard or sticky foods, and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

Overall, a dental bridge is a permanent and effective way to replace missing teeth. Missing teeth can have a serious impact on your quality of life. If you are missing one or more teeth, it can seriously impact your ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. It can improve the patient’s oral health and function, as well as their appearance and confidence. While the process of getting a dental bridge can take several weeks or even months to complete, the result is a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are several different types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, implant-supported bridges.

1. Traditional bridges

Traditional bridges are the most common and are made up of a minimum of three tooth spaces, with the pontic connection located between two crowns. The bridge or connected crowns are then attached to the patient’s natural teeth or to dental implants. The natural teeth or dental implants will act as the supporting abutments or posts to hold the bridge in place.

2. Implant-supported dental bridge

This is a good cost-effective option if you are missing multiple teeth in the same area and especially if there are no back teeth available to use as an abutment for a bridge. With this procedure, your bridge is anchored to dental implants rather than your nearby teeth to give you a solid foundation for your replacement teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots. Once your implants are healed, we can attach a custom-designed bridge for a fully restored smile. They are considered the absolute best way to replace multiple missing teeth not only because they provide the ultimate stability, but because they can also prevent the bone loss that follows tooth loss and can allow you to regain 90-100% of your normal bite strength.

3. Cantilever bridges

Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they only have crowns on one side. This type of bridge is typically used when there are only natural teeth on one side of the missing tooth or teeth but creates force imbalance making the natural loose over time.

4. Maryland bridges

Maryland bridges, also known as a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bonded bridge, consist of an artificial tooth held in place by composite wings that is bonded on either side. These wings are bonded to the adjacent teeth on each side of the gap, providing small amounts of support and stability for the bridge. They may not be as durable or long-lasting as other alternatives. The bonding material used to attach the wings to the adjacent teeth may experience wear or degradation over time and has a high risk of debonding. The bridge may become easily debonded or dislodged from chewing forces and cannot withstand heavy chewing forces as effectively. A Maryland bridge can be used temporarily in certain cases, but it is typically not recommended as a permanent option to replace a missing tooth.

Schedule a consultation for your missing or broken tooth to see if a dental bridge, dental implant, or implant dentures is a right fit for you: (925) 918-6500