Dental Bridges in Cupertino
Ryan Senft, DDS, offers dental bridge services in Cupertino, CA. Call our office at 408-996-8595 to learn more about dental bridges and make an appointment.
Dental Bridges: A Solution to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental bridges are one excellent solution to replace missing teeth. They’re a fixed, long-lasting restoration that fits comfortably but firmly in your mouth. A bridge will look and function just like your natural teeth. Bridges are custom created to fit your mouth by your dentist. Some can be permanently attached through the use of an implant and an anchor.
A bridge consists of two crowns and a replacement tooth or teeth. The crowns are typically placed on the teeth that are on either side of the space where a tooth or teeth are missing, with the fabricated tooth or teeth attached between them. A stable, supportive dental bridge will help restore gum health and prevent jawbone loss due to missing teeth.
Dental Bridges Can Be Supported by Implants
Rather than using on your own teeth, secure and permanent dental implants can be used to place the dental bridge in your mouth. Implants provide a natural look and feel. The stability of implants to support bridges makes for a very effective solution if you’re replacing multiple missing teeth.
An implant supported bridge is a dental bridge secured to two or more dental implants instead of relying on your adjacent natural teeth for support.
When a bridge uses your own natural teeth for attachment, the teeth are prepared or shaved down to place the crowns necessary to place the bridge, reducing stress on your natural teeth that could weaken them. Dental implants replace tooth roots in the mouth through the use of durable titanium alloy. Both the implant fixture and the abutment are permanent.
Dental Bridges Are Long Lasting
Dental bridges can last more than ten years, with implant supported bridges considered permanent replacements for missing teeth, lasting a lifetime. Just follow routine oral hygiene practices at home by brushing and flossing twice a day. And be sure to schedule regular, routine check-ups and cleanings with your dental team.
In short, you’ll care for your dental bridge just as you would for your own teeth. Remember, it’s important not to bite nails or use your teeth as tools to open things when you are wearing a bridge, just as it is important not to do so with your own teeth, to avoid the risk of chips or cracks.
Why Choose Ryan Senft, DDS?
Dr. Senft is an expert in his field. He believes in taking care of patient needs and concerns and treating each patient like a valued individual. He employs highly advanced dental skills in his friendly, comfortable office.
Ready to Learn More about Dental Bridges?
At our advanced comprehensive dentistry office, we’re happy to discuss restorative options to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Dental bridges are long-lasting and very comfortable as a solution for both restorative and cosmetic dental issues. And, dental bridges can bolster your oral health. According to the American Dental Association, it’s common to have as many as three missing teeth – but it doesn’t have to be that way!
A dental bridge will make your smile more confident as well as improving your oral health, preventing jawbone loss and other dental health issues caused by missing teeth, issues that can affect your oral and overall health.
If you want to know more about dental bridges or dental implants, reach out to us today. Our dental team is ready and waiting to answer questions or schedule a consultation about dental bridge treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge can help fill the gap if you have missing teeth. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth (or teeth) called a pontic and an abutment of two crowns or dental implants anchoring it on either side. Bridges can provide a seamless look and restore patients’ smiles.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Bridges are more comfortable to wear than partial dentures. Partial dentures may not always fit well and may damage the surrounding natural teeth. Bridges are generally less expensive than getting an individual implant for each missing tooth. Bridges enable a patient to chew and talk like natural teeth. They can also help prevent the “sunken look” in the cheeks caused by missing teeth. Finally, dental bridges improve a patient’s smile and help restore their confidence.
Am I a good candidate for a dental bridge?
You may be a good candidate for a dental bridge if you have one to four missing teeth in a row. Ideally, the two abutment teeth on either side of the gap will be healthy enough to take crowns to support the bridge. If they are not, dentists recommend getting implants to anchor the bridge.
What is the process of getting a bridge?
During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the teeth to receive a bridge. Typically this involves placing crowns on two healthy teeth on either side of the gap. In some cases, you might need implants to anchor your bridge. The dental implant process is longer and involves several months of healing time before the dentist can place the bridge, but it will be permanent.
Can I eat anything I want with a dental bridge?
No food or drink is completely off-limits with a bridge. However, it would help if you took common-sense precautions to help it last longer and stay attractive.
Avoid staining beverages like coffee, tea, cola, and red wine as much as possible. Brush or rinse as soon as possible after drinking these beverages. Stay away from sticky gum and candy in the area of your bridge to prevent damage to the crowns.
What kind of home care do dental bridges require?
You can care for dental bridges just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as your dentist recommends. Also, you will need to clean under your bridge daily using a floss threader, interproximal brush, or dental pick.