When it comes to providing our patients with plenty of great dental options, we take our job seriously! At Nancy Shiba, DDS we find that one of the most important areas to provide options to our patients is in tooth replacement. When a tooth is lost, you should seriously consider replacing it soon to avoid the many oral health issues that can follow tooth loss. Fixed dental bridges allow us to offer our patients a tooth replacement option that can replace several consecutive missing teeth permanently.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a permanent prosthetic that is used to replace anywhere from one to four consecutive missing teeth. Dental bridges can be crafted out of the following materials:
Because dental bridges are permanent fixtures in your mouth, we must affix them some something in your mouth. Usually, this is one of your natural teeth or a dental implant.
Dental Bridges Supported By Natural Teeth
When we use natural teeth to support your dental bridge we have to modify them the same way we modify your teeth to receive a crown. We will shave off some of the outer layers of the tooth so that the prosthesis will fit over the top of the tooth and look natural. Once teeth have been modified in this manner, they can no longer perform their function as teeth without a prosthesis. For this reason, dental implants are preferred when considering options for dental bridge anchors.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Dental implants are a fantastic way to replace teeth because they give you a variety of added oral health benefits. Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone and act in a similar way to how the roots of your natural teeth do. This functions to keep your jaw and teeth healthy. We can use dental implants to support single tooth crowns, multi-tooth bridges, even full arch solutions that replace all of the teeth in your mouth.
Having a dental bridge placed will require at least two appointments to our office to complete. During the first appointment, we will take an impression of your teeth so that we can create a bridge that will fit into your bite just right. We will then prepare the teeth to receive the bridge by shaving off some of the outer enamel. We will finish the first appointment by placing a temporary dental bridge over your teeth so that you can get used to the sensation of having a dental bridge.
It will be time for the second appointment to our office once we are done creating the dental bridge. During this appointment, we will remove the temporary bridge from your teeth and place the permanent one. We will make sure that the permanent bridge fits in your bite well before cementing it into place with a long-lasting dental adhesive.
Please call us today at (408) 929-8991 to schedule an appointment. We care about your smile and can’t wait to see you!