Dental Bridges, Torrance, CA
Rebuild Your Smile with Personalized Restorations
Teeth may be lost for a variety of reasons, either as a result of age, poor oral hygiene, or a physical injury that left your mouth damaged. No matter the cause, you don’t have to settle for an incomplete smile with the help of our dentists at Torrance Dentistry! Replacing single and multiple teeth with a dental bridge is easier and more affordable than ever, so don’t wait to give our office a call and schedule a consultation to learn more about this restorative treatment.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a complex restoration consisting of several dental crowns fused together. The crowns on either end of the bridge are hollowed out, allowing them to attach to natural teeth sitting adjacent to the gap in your smile. The teeth in the center of the restoration are called pontics and effectively bridge the gap, preventing neighboring teeth from shifting out of place. If you are missing single or multiple consecutive teeth, then a dental bridge is likely for you.
Types of Dental Bridges
In order to confirm which type of bridge will best meet your needs, you’ll need to complete a consultation with one of our dentists. During this appointment, you’ll have a clear understanding of the types of bridges we offer, including traditional and implant-retained options. Keep reading to learn a bit more about their unique differences below or give our office a call to make your initial consultation with us official.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge relies on existing natural teeth to keep it in place. Similar to how dental crowns fit onto modified teeth, dental bridges must be attached to natural teeth before they can remain stable and reliable. In most cases, a dental bridge can be made over the course of two appointments.
Through this treatment, we pair a series of dental implants (typically two) with a bridge designed to attach to them. The implants are placed inside of the jaw in advance and given several months of time to heal and integrate. After this process is complete, the bridge can be attached. Keep in mind that in order to receive dental implants, you’ll need to have available bone tissue and the ability to undergo minor surgery.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
As time passes, side effects can begin to develop when you don’t replace missing teeth. By getting a dental bridge placed, you can avoid the majority of these concerns as well as expect many other benefits. For example:
Dental Bridge FAQs
Tooth loss isn’t easy for anyone, but there’s hope yet for your smile. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or several consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can help you address many problems all at the same time! If you have more questions about treatment and whether it’s right for you, you may benefit from reviewing some of the most common questions we hear at our office. Don’t be afraid to ask us other questions if yours is not mentioned.
Can You Take a Dental Bridge Out?
Dental bridges are not meant to be taken out after they’ve been placed. Rather, they stay adhered to your modified teeth for many years (typically between 5 and 15) and only a dentist should remove them. With that said, certain tooth replacements like partial dentures can function as removable bridges. However, calling them bridges at that point is not really accurate. Partials are quite similar to bridges, but they are actually designed to be removed for regular cleaning (both of the prosthesis and the mouth), while bridges are not.
Is Getting a Dental Bridge Painful?
Prior to preparing your teeth to support the bridge, we’ll make sure to sufficiently numb your teeth so they can be effectively worked on. To do this, we apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. For added comfort, we may recommend sedation dentistry if you feel particularly nervous or anxious about the procedure. Following the preparation of your teeth, the bridge is placed and the underlying teeth will begin to feel sensitive over the next few days. Taking over-the-counter painkillers may help, but we recommend calling our office if discomfort worsens. Bridges work to prevent dental drift, which means you may notice some discomfort later. If you get an implant bridge, it’s normal to have some mild soreness after your surgery. This can be mitigated by following our aftercare instructions.
Do Dental Bridges Look Natural?
Our metal-free bridges are made of a combination of ceramic, zirconia, and other materials that are color-matched to your existing teeth. This ensures the bridge looks natural next to your enamel once it is placed. Even light bounces off them much like natural teeth, so once it has been placed, you can expect it to be indistinguishable in your smile. Since the bridges are affixed to teeth (much like crowns), you won’t have to worry about it shifting out of place or loosening while in use.
Can Dental Bridges Get Cavities?
The bridge itself cannot develop cavities (or any decay) simply because it is made from inorganic material. However, the tooth underneath the bridge easily can, which is why you’ll need to practice daily oral hygiene. Food debris can become trapped underneath the pontics or the small space where the crowns and gum tissue meet. This can attract harmful oral bacteria that harms your natural enamel. The good news is this is easily preventable when you brush and floss at home, especially underneath the bridge. Once a bridge gets close to the end of its lifespan, the cement holding it in place can start to crack. Make sure to see us every six months for an exam so we can confirm the bridge is holding up.