Dental bridges are another way to replace missing teeth. It’s a process and product that anchors a new tooth (typically Zirconia) in between the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This is a fairly common option, and in some cases the best solution to address a missing tooth replacement. More often, we’ll recommend a dental implant; but where appropriate, the team at Calabasas Dental Spa is very experienced with bridges as a missing tooth alternative treatment.
A bridge is composed of two abutment teeth and the pontic (artificial) tooth in between them. The abutment teeth are altered slightly to provide support for the bridge itself. Once in place, it will look like three natural teeth standing side-by-side. It’s important to note that a bridge can only be placed if there are healthy teeth on both sides of the gap.
At Calabasas Dental Spa, we offer several different types of dental bridges. Traditionally, a fixed bridge is used to bridge the gap between two missing teeth. We also offer cantilever and Maryland (also called resin-bonded) bridges for situations when one or both abutment teeth cannot provide enough support for a traditional bridge. In addition, we can also fabricate implant-supported bridges, which use dental implants rather than natural teeth as abutments.
Before placing a bridge, our dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth to ensure that it’s compatible with the type of bridge you’re interested in. We’ll also discuss the many benefits that a bridge provides, such as improved speech, restored chewing function, and enhanced aesthetic appeal.
To ensure your comfort throughout the process, we use advanced technology like dental lasers and sedation dentistry to make sure our patients are pain-free during treatment. In addition, all of our bridges are crafted out of the finest materials available and custom-made to match your natural teeth perfectly.
With proper care and regular checkups, a dental bridge can last up to 15 years.
A dental bridge can replace one or more missing teeth as long as there are healthy teeth on either side of the gap.
At Calabasas Dental Spa, we use advanced technology like lasers and sedation dentistry to ensure our patients’ comfort throughout the process. As such, getting a dental bridge should not be painful. However, you may experience some minor discomfort for a few days after the procedure.