Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can replace one or more missing teeth. This type of restoration consists of artificial teeth (“pontics”), which are held in place by dental crowns that are cemented onto the adjacent teeth (“abutments”). The main purposes of a dental bridge are to restore the functionality and aesthetics of missing teeth; maintain the shape of your face; alleviate stress on your bite; and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.*

Our Newport Beach dentists would be glad to guide you through the bridge process. Contact our team today to schedule your consultation!

Who Is a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are often ideal for those who have one or more consecutive missing teeth. In many cases, bridges are good alternatives for patients who are not eligible for dental implants, often because they have insufficient bone density. Furthermore, because a bridge is designed to connect (or “bridge”) the gap where the teeth are missing by using the neighboring teeth for support, candidates should be committed to maintaining excellent oral hygiene.

At your initial consultation, our dentists will perform a comprehensive assessment of your dental health before determining that a bridge is your best option. No matter your unique oral health concerns, we can build a treatment plan that suits your needs, preferences, timeline, and budget.

What Does the Dental Bridge Procedure Involve?

The dental bridge procedure generally involves two visits. Your first visit will involve X-rays and a thorough examination of your overall oral wellness. Once it has been decided that bridges are the best choice, your dentist will take a digital impression to send to our lab. While your permanent restoration is being fabricated, you will be given a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth and gums.

It is important to note that a few different types of dental bridges exist. In addition to traditional (or “fixed”) bridges, we offer cantilever bridges, which consist of a single crown; Maryland bridges, which use metal frameworks called “wings” rather than crowns; and implant-supported bridges, which rest atop implants rather than natural teeth. Certain techniques – such as the traditional and cantilever methods – usually require the removal of some tooth enamel to allow room for crown placement. If necessary, this step is typically performed during the first appointment.

Once your permanent bridge is ready, you will return to your dentist for a second visit. The temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge adjusted for a proper fit. The customized restoration will then be bonded to your teeth with an adhesive.

What Is Recovery Like After Getting a Dental Bridge?

Recovery after getting a dental bridge is generally straightforward, involving minimal discomfort and downtime. After your permanent restoration is placed, you can expect some mild soreness or sensitivity in the area; however, these effects should subside within a few days. As always, if you notice any unusual effects or persistent discomfort, we encourage you to reach out to our team.

To learn more about dental bridges and our other advanced restorative options, feel free to contact Newport Beach Dental.

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