Do you have one or more missing teeth? Do you want to maintain your brightest smile? If you’re thinking about getting a dental bridge in Sacramento, contact the professionals at Natomas Crossing Dental Care. After a comprehensive examination, we may recommend a bridge to replace your missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face and alleviate stress in your bite.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth. It is made up of two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the missing teeth, with a false tooth or teeth in between. It is bonded onto the surrounding teeth for support, literally bridging the gap where one or more teeth have been. Your bridge is made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. The artificial teeth are made to look and function like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of a bridge?
A dental bridge:
- Restores your smile — and your confidence
- Restores your ability to speak and chew properly
- Maintains the shape of your face
- Preserves your proper bite
- Prevents your remaining teeth from shifting
Is a dental bridge right for me?
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation. For this reason, we may recommend a bridge if your existing teeth, gums and jaw are healthy and strong.
What is the procedure?
Your dentist prepares the surrounding teeth to accept the bridge by removing a portion of the enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of your teeth are made, which acts as a model from which the bridge, crowns and false teeth will be made in a dental laboratory. Your dentist will provide a temporary bridge for you to wear until your bridge is ready. During your next visit, we place and adjust your final bridge. You may need to schedule an additional appointment so we can check that your bridge is fitting properly.