Dental bridges will “bridge” the gap between missing teeth. We can use them 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. Dental bridges are a restorative dentistry procedure that Dr. Ken Schweifler provides to his patients that need it.
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. Today’s 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. He can repair loose bridges or provide a modern replacement. 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 in 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 from 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, flossing regularly, and maintaining your bridge.
How long does it take for a dental bridge to settle?
The average patient needs two weeks to adjust to a new bridge fully. During this time, we recommend that you avoid particularly spicy or cold food during the dental bridge process. Additionally, using sensitive tooth toothpaste for the first few days will lessen pain and discomfort.
Can you brush your teeth after a bridge?
It is safe to brush and floss following dental bridge treatment. After a dental bridge has is placed, even though the teeth may feel a little sensitive, it is crucial that our patients continue their usual oral care routine immediately following treatment.
What causes pain under a dental bridge?
A couple of issues can cause pain. Irritated gums, a loose bridge, gum infections, and tooth cavities can contribute to pain under a tooth bridge.
Should I get a bridge or implant if I have a single missing tooth?
We may recommend a single dental implant over a dental bridge so we will not have to prepare adjacent teeth to support a dental bridge. Tooth preparation permanently changes the appearance of teeth.
A dental implant can also last longer than a dental bridge. The titanium implant anchor is permanent, and the dental crown it holds in place can last over 15 years. Dental bridges may not last that long. On average, a bridge can last 5 to 15 years.
We will also ensure that you are in good oral health and have enough jawbone to accommodate a dental implant before treatment.
Visit our dentist for a thorough evaluation and recommendations. Contact our office at (650) 489-4620 or request an appointment online.