Dental bridges offer the chance to replace one or more missing teeth with a durable and affordable fixed restoration. Bridgework is among the services available from Krystle Fenton, DDS, and the team at Laguna Vista Dental in Elk Grove, California. If you’d like more information about dental bridges and how they work, call the office to set up a visit, or use the easy online scheduling tool.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that works to replace one or more missing teeth. The device is secured in place by two dental crowns on either side. The artificial crowns of a dental bridge are custom-crafted to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and create a beautiful restoration once in place.
If your missing tooth is in the back portion of your jaw, a special kind of bridge can be installed that only requires one anchoring crown. During your consultation, you’ll learn about all available options and select a treatment best suited to your needs.
As compared to dental implants, a dental bridge is a more affordable restoration. That said, it is important to understand that even the best dental bridge will eventually need to be repaired or replaced, so factoring that cost into your planning is wise. Dental implants are more expensive up front but last a lifetime.
Bridgework is also a great option for people who lack sufficient bone tissue to anchor a dental implant. Because your bridge is affixed with dental crowns, there is no surgery necessary and no need for a lengthy healing process.
When you have one or more missing teeth, the dynamics of your bite changes. That can place undue pressure on your remaining teeth, which can lead to excess wear and eventual tooth loss. A custom bridge restores not only the appearance of your smile but also the functionality of your bite.
If you decide a bridge is right for you, your practitioner begins by gathering imaging to learn more about the specifications of your bite. If you are having a bridge placed to replace a severely decayed tooth, that tooth is extracted prior to moving forward.
Your dentist removes a portion of your natural tooth tissue to make room for your new crowns. Another set of impressions is taken to guide the fabrication of your new custom crown. The Laguna Vista Dental team offers same-day crowns using CEREC® technology, so you may be able to complete your restoration in just one day.
If your crowns need to be crafted in an off-site dental lab, temporary crowns are placed to protect your teeth. Once your bridge is ready, it’s checked for fit and appearance before being cemented into place, completing the restoration.
When you’re ready to learn more about dental bridges and other tooth replacement options, call Laguna Vista Dental to schedule a consultation. Online booking is also an option and can be done from the comfort of home, any time of day or night.