Dental Bridges in Scripps Ranch
A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance that fills in the gap left by a missing tooth to recreate a complete, beautiful smile. Bridges restore full chewing and speaking ability, and help maintain a natural facial shape. They also prevent problems with the remaining teeth: for example, they prevent the teeth from drifting out of position or prematurely wearing down because they must compensate for the missing tooth.
An attractive, properly fitted bridge requires the skill and experience of a dentist like Dr. Jennifer Santoro. She understands the embarrassment and discomfort that a missing tooth can create, and she is committed to offering personalized dental solutions to improve dental appearance, function and comfort.
Replacing a Tooth with a Fixed Bridge
Fixed bridges are a good option if you are missing one or more teeth but still have some natural teeth that are strong and healthy. Bridges rely on the surrounding teeth for support and structure. A traditional bridge is constructed from two crowns that anchor an artificial tooth in the middle. The artificial tooth fits into the gap to create a literal bridge between the remaining teeth. The crowns are then attached to the teeth on either side of the gap, and the whole piece is bonded into place.
Fixed bridges are usually created from porcelain, which is a beautiful and functional material. The porcelain can be sculpted to recreate the appearance of natural tooth enamel. It’s also very durable and can last for many years.
The Dental Bridge Placement Process
Dr. Santoro can replace missing or damaged teeth several different ways, so it is important to consult with her to find the approach that works best for you. She will want to complete a thorough examination to confirm that a bridge is the most suitable solution for your needs and goals. Also, there are several types of bridges and Dr. Santoro can explain the type that is ideal for your circumstances.
Placing a bridge usually requires two or more appointments. The first step of the bridge placement process is to prepare the anchoring teeth that will be crowned. Dr. Santoro may need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to allow for the crowns, but she will preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Next, impressions will be taken to send to the dental laboratory responsible for fabricating the bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed until your next appointment.
When your permanent bridge is ready, you will return to our office for another visit. During the appointment, Dr. Santoro will remove the provisional bridge and position your customized bridge. If you are happy with both the fit and the look of the permanent bridge, Dr. Santoro will cement the entire appliance into place.
With proper brushing and flossing, and routine dental visits, dental bridges can last many years.
Learn More about Dental Bridges
If you are interested in replacing a missing tooth with a fixed dental bridge, Dr. Santoro and our team can give you more information during a consultation. Please call or email Village Center Dentistry to book an appointment at our office.