When you have one or several missing teeth, our team here at Brighton Dental in San Diego may suggest that you consider a bridge to help restore function to that part of your mouth – and restore a beautiful natural look as well. We provide both fixed and temporary bridges and can help you decide which is the best choice in your unique situation.
For every dental concern, we have a solution. Bridges are often the right alternative to living with the consequences of an already-missing tooth and can be safer than root canal therapy. When you visit with Dr. Paige Woods, she can explain in detail what a fixed bridge is and how it can benefit you. For now, here’s some general information.
Learning About Fixed Bridges
For decades, dental bridges have been a smart choice to fill gaps from missing teeth – no matter whether it’s one or several teeth that are missing. Having a bridge instead of an unsightly gap can help maintain the integrity of the jawbone and the nearby teeth and restore a pleasant, natural look. A bridge can also prevent future complications from having missing teeth.
In most cases, a permanent or fixed bridge is the best choice for a long-lasting solution to missing teeth. However, we offer removable temporary bridges as well. Permanent bridges are attached to crowns or other mechanisms that are attached to the surrounding teeth. There are many styles and types of fixed bridges, and some cause less damage to surrounding teeth than others. If the teeth on each side of the area to be restored need crowns anyway, adding a bridge between the two crowns can be an easy and cost-effective process.
Benefits Of A Fixed Bridge
When you choose to restore function and your smile with a fixed bridge, you get these benefits:
• A durable, lasting solution that restores the arch and structure of surrounding teeth
• A strong restoration that can hold up to normal biting and chewing forces
• A permanently attached solution that won’t shift, come loose or embarrass you
• A beautiful look that restores normal talking, eating and smiling
• A choice that’s less expensive than replacing a tooth with a dental implant
• And more.
Understanding The Process Of Getting A Bridge
The process involved in getting a bridge depends on your situation. If you still have badly damaged teeth in the area to be restored, these must be extracted, and the extraction site must heal. Once the area is prepared, impressions are taken of the space to be filled with a bridge and the surrounding teeth. A dental lab makes a single piece to serve as a cap or attachment to the surrounding teeth and a bridge to cover the space where the teeth are missing.
Because of the complexity of the process and the fact that the bridge must be made under laboratory conditions, at least 2 visits are necessary to get a bridge. But these are gentle, pain-free visits involving relatively short times in the chair, in most cases.
Learn more about this topic on the Bridges page of the Brighton Dental San Diego website. Then, contact us if you want to know even more about dental bridges.
We recommend scheduling an appointment if you have missing teeth or believe you need to have teeth extracted. Fixed bridges are just one of the restoration options available to you, and we’ll help you make a decision that fits your needs, your budget and your schedule.
At Brighton Dental, we’re here with solutions when you have dental problems. And your personalized solution starts when you contact us to take advantage of what we have to offer.