Dental bridges are an ideal restorative dentistry treatment for patients missing consecutive teeth. They are a cost effective way to replace lost teeth. Thanks to modern dental technology, your dentist can create a tooth bridge that is natural looking and comfortable. Dr. Georgia Haddad can replace one more or more of your missing teeth with a dental bridge in Oxnard, CA. To determine if this is the best solution for you, we encourage you too book a consultation with Dr. Haddad for a complete dental exam.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is one of several treatment options that we offer to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge it is a fixed oral restoration that will span the gap between adjacent teeth or dental implants to replace the missing teeth. A bridge is made up of artificial teeth (pontics) that are fused to dental crowns on each end. The crown portions of the bridge will be secured to the anchor teeth or the dental implants. The dental bridge will be custom designed to fit comfortably in your mouth and blend in naturally.
A dental bridge will help restore chewing function and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting. By filling in the gaps, the bridge will also enhance aesthetics and help create a beautiful smile. They can replace a single tooth or several consecutive missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
Dr. Haddad offers all types of dental bridges to accommodate your unique needs and wants when dealing with missing teeth. To review which type of bridge will work for you, schedule a consultation today.
Removable Dental Bridge
A removable dental bridge will require the adjacent teeth to be shaved down so that the bridge can securely fit in the mouth. Dental bridges require surrounding teeth to be used to anchor the bridge in place. This is not an ideal tooth replacement solution as it is not every secure. This is typically used as a temporary solution.
Traditional Fixed Dental Bridge
A fixed dental Bridge offers a patient a permanent solution for tooth loss. We will design the bridge to feel and look natural. However, this solution requires that your anchor teeth be shaved down to accommodate the bridge. Dr. Haddad will have to permanently alter these teeth, then take impressions which will be used to fabricate the bridge. While waiting for your permanent dental restoration, we will secure a temporary bridge.
Similar to a traditional dental bridge, a cantilever bridge only uses one abutment tooth to secure the prosthesis. Since it is only cemented to one tooth, this type of fixed dental bridge is not as secure. It is necessary to use it when only one abutment tooth is available.
A Maryland bridge can replace a single missing tooth. It is similar to a traditional dental bridge however it uses metal wings instead of crowns to secure the replacement tooth. On both sides of the false tooth are thin metal wings that are attached to the two adjacent teeth. They are bonded to the back of the teeth with a composite resin. A benefit of using this method is no tooth enamel will need to be removed to accommodate the restoration. The downside is the restoration will need to re-bonded often and it is not as durable as a traditional bridge.
When using new dental implants to secure your dental bridge, we will not need to permanently damage any existing healthy teeth. Dr. Haddad will work with you to create a plan of treatment for placement of your new implants. These implant fixtures must be surgically inserted into the jaw bone where they will fuse to the surrounding bone. Then we’ll take the necessary steps to fabricate the custom dental bridge. Once it is ready, we can secure it to the dental implants. This restorative dentistry solution provides a more secure foundation for a lasting, functional smile.
Getting a Dental Bridge in Oxnard, CA
If you are missing one tooth, or multiple teeth, Dr. Haddad may recommend a dental bridge. Removable dental bridges are an economical way to restore the aesthetics to your smile while helping to secure your oral foundation. Dental implant secured bridges are a more permanent restoration that offers patients many added oral health and cosmetic benefits.
Your dental bridge treatment will begin with a comprehensive oral health exam. Dr. Haddad will examine your oral health and with the help of state of the art dental technology develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your smile.
Your teeth will be prepared to enable a secure fit of the dental bridge. Dental bridges rely on healthy bone and gum tissue for support. Molds will be taken of your mouth so that your dental bridge will fit well and look natural.
Your dental bridge will be custom designed to fit seamlessly with your smile. Dr. Haddad uses the highest quality of dental materials to create a beautiful restoration that will balance the aesthetics of your face.
How to Care for Your Dental Bridge
Caring for a dental bridge is actually very simple. The most important things you need to do are continue with daily, proper oral hygiene and schedule regular dentist appointments. This will ensure that you remain in good oral health and avoid dental problems that can cause damage to your bridge. This will also allow Dr. Hadddad to spot damage or dental issues in the early stages when treatment is easier. Good oral hygiene habits will prevent most complications!
Schedule an Appointment for a Dental Bridge in Oxnard, CA
If you suffer from missing teeth, we can provide you with a custom dental bridge in Oxnard, CA. Please call (805) 312-9164 to book and appointment or you can also request an appointment online by filling out the form.