If you’re missing a permanent tooth, a dental bridge can fill the gap and restore your smile to a more vibrant, healthy condition. At LakeFront Smiles in Stockton, California, family dentist Pushpinder Sethi, DDS, and her caring team regularly use dental bridges to replace missing teeth and restore chewing and biting abilities. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic used to replace one or more permanent teeth. Dental bridges are incredibly durable, and with proper care can last for years at a time.
A dental bridge contains a false tooth (pontic) and two dental crowns. Dr. Sethi bonds the crowns to your healthy teeth on either side of a gap. The false tooth fills the space created by a missing tooth, making it easier to bite, chew, and speak confidently.
There are several reasons you might need a dental bridge. At LakeFront Smiles, Dr. Sethi and the team regularly use dental bridges to:
You might also benefit from a dental bridge if you wear partial dentures. A dental bridge is a more permanent appliance, which saves you time on cleaning and oral hygiene.
There are four different types of dental bridges:
The type of dental bridge that’s right for you depends on your oral health history and your treatment goals. Following an oral exam and discussion of your goals, Dr. Sethi can recommend a dental bridge that aligns with your individual needs.
Getting a dental bridge usually involves a series of two appointments spaced several weeks apart.
At your first appointment, Dr. Sethi conducts an oral exam and takes a series of X-rays to look for signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If there are no signs of infection present, Dr. Sethi administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums.
Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Sethi carefully prepares the two teeth on either side of the gap to receive dental crowns. To do this, Dr. Sethi removes a thin layer of enamel from the tops and sides of your teeth. Dr. Sethi then takes precision molds of your teeth using dental putty. She sends these molds to a laboratory that manufactures your dental bridge.
Before you leave the office, she provides you with a temporary bridge. This prosthetic fills the gap in your smile, allowing you to bite and chew while waiting for your finished, permanent bridge.
About a week later, you return to LakeFront Smiles. At your second appointment, Dr. Sethi lines up your permanent bridge with your teeth and carefully bonds it in place using dental cement. Afterward, she provides you with a list of care instructions.
It’s important to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly to keep your dental bridge in great shape.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental bridges, schedule an appointment at LakeFront Smiles. Call the office or book a consultation online today.