Dental BridgesAn Overview
A patient with one or more missing teeth may choose to restore their smile using a dental bridge. A dental bridge allows patients to eat and speak normally without the need for special oral hygiene.
Claremont Dental Institute uses state-of-the-art digital imaging and design software to create high-quality, life-like dental bridges for the replacement of missing teeth. Modern dental materials mimic the enamel of human teeth, creating a flawless replacement for missing teeth.
Our team of skilled dentists uses their artistic eye, precision, and skill to design refined dental bridges that fit comfortably and improve the overall appearance and function of your smile.
“In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.”
—Dr. Vijay Patel
The appearance of your smile is essential to living your best life. Missing or damaged teeth can cause you to hide your smile and may impact your quality of life. Missing teeth can hurt your self-esteem as well as your oral health.
Replacing missing teeth with quality dental restorations improves the function of the bite and can prevent bone loss and damage to the jaw.
The staff is super friendly! I don’t have dental insurance and the staff was very understanding. They broke down the work I needed done in stages so that I could take care of my teeth and not feel stressed over the cost.Denise B.
I loved the fact that Dr. Patel explained everything I needed to know about what was going on with my teeth and procedure.Martha R.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
The dental bridge process will vary depending on the type of bridge you are receiving, your overall oral health, and the number and location of your missing teeth.
Your Claremont Dental Institute dentist will explain your procedure to you in detail so that you fully understand your treatment. In just a few short visits, patients have a restored smile and renewed sense of self-confidence.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional Bridge: A traditional bridge requires the placement of porcelain crowns on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. The dental crowns act as anchors holding the dental bridge in place.
- Cantilever Bridge: Your dentist may recommend a cantilever bridge when there are only healthy teeth on one side of the missing tooth gap. This bridge is more delicate and is best used to replace missing front teeth that are not as heavily used for chewing.
- Maryland Bridge: For a Maryland bridge, the dentist bonds porcelain bridges to two adjacent teeth. This framework supports a custom dental restoration replacing the missing teeth.
All dental restorations are custom fabricated for optimal comfort and aesthetics. Patients will work with their dentist to design a dental bridge that looks and feels like their natural teeth. Dental bridges are practically indistinguishable from adjacent teeth and create a beautiful, confident smile.
Implant-secured Dental Bridges
A dental bridge can also be secured using two or more dental implants. Dental implants improve the stability and function of the dental bridge. Qualifying patients can have their dental implants placed from the comfort of our Claremont, CA dentist office.
Your dentist will surgically place the implants into the jaw bone. The implants are left to heal and begin to fuse with the jaw bone. During this time your dentist will custom design your final dental bridge. Once the implants have successfully integrated with the jaw, the dental bridge is secured in place.
An implant-secured dental bridge may be preferred because it does not require the removal of healthy tooth structure from adjacent teeth. Implants also provide long-term support for the structure of the face and jaw.