Bridges are designed to bridge the gap between missing teeth; they can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A traditional fixed bridge is made of dental crowns that are attached to the adjacent teeth and have an artificial tooth in the middle. An implant secured bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but instead of the dental bridge being secured to adjacent teeth, it is secured to dental implants. Todays modern dental bridges are as natural-looking as ever. Visit your dentist for the best results and avoid going with cheaper over-the-counter options.
Los Altos, CA dentist Dr. Ken Schweifler offers a wide range of tooth replacement options, including fixed dental bridges and implant bridges. If you are missing one or more teeth, we invite you to visit our Los Altos dentist office for a consultation with our team. If you would like to explore your treatment options for missing teeth, call (650) 489-4620 or schedule an appointment online.
Do You Need A Dental Bridge?
Even one missing tooth can affect your bite and the appearance of your smile. In order for the teeth to help you perform daily functions such as chewing and speaking, they must work in harmony. When one tooth is lost, it can affect the way to teeth fit together, which may result is pain, damage, or discomfort. In addition, it can put more stress on the remaining teeth and jaw joints, which may result in future bone and tooth loss. If the jaw bone shrinks, it may change the appearance and shape of the lips, cheeks, and facial features.
Missing teeth may also cause the teeth to shift, which may make brushing and flossing increasingly difficult. If the teeth are not cleaned properly, it can increase a patient’s risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Aside from the cosmetic benefits of replacing your missing teeth, it is also crucial to replace them to help restore balance and health to your natural smile. Working with an experienced restorative dentist can help you explore your tooth replacement options. Our team will recommend the best solution for your dentistry needs.
Dental Bridges in Los Altos, CA
Fixed Bridge: A fixed bridge is held in place by the existing teeth. Receiving a fixed bridge will require multiple visits to our Los Altos dentist office. On the first visit, we will carefully prepare the teeth on both sides of the gap. Impressions of the teeth and the surrounding area are taken. The lab technician will use the information form your consultation and impressions to create your custom dental bridge.
During the fabrication of your custom dental bridge, we will place a temporary bridge over your teeth for added comfort. Once the custom bridge is ready, we will fit, place, and adjust your custom dental bridge.
Implant Bridge: For a more stable result, implants can be used to support a dental bridge. The implants are placed prior to the placement of the custom dental bridge. Once the implants heal, the bridge is secured placed on top of the implants.
Generally, patients who are ideal candidates for implant bridges should be in good general health, have no sign of gum disease, and have an adequate amount of healthy bone structure. In many cases, implants can help preserve healthy bone structure and promote bone regeneration.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How many teeth can be in a bridge?
Bridges can replace multiple teeth. A traditional dental bridge can replace up to 4 teeth that sit next to each other. A dental implant-supported bridge can permanently replace any number of teeth.
What happens if you get a cavity under a bridge?
We can fix cavities with fillings if you develop a tooth infection under your bridge. We would have to remove the bridge, and possibly create a new bridge if the affected tooth has changed in shape due to decay. This is not likely to happen if you do your part by brushing at least twice a day, floss regularly, and maintain your bridge.
What causes pain under a dental bridge?
Pain can be caused by a couple of issues. Irritated gums, a loose bridge, gum infections, and tooth cavities can contribute to pain under a tooth bridge. Visit our dentist for a thorough evaluation and recommendations.