Dental Bridges in Cupertino

Dental Bridge in Cupertino, CA

Missing one or more teeth is common for many people.

The American Dental Asssociation reports that on average adult patients may have three missing or decayed teeth. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions to replace missing teeth, including dental bridges. A bridge may be used to restore an area with one or more adjacent missing teeth. A bridge has two primary components.  The abutments (or supports) for the bridge are created by placing a crown on either a natural tooth or an implant. The synthetic tooth that replaces the missing tooth is called a pontic. In the case of one missing tooth, the two teeth on either side will be prepped for crowns and the missing tooth will be replaced with a synthetic tooth that is connected to the crowns on either side of the missing tooth. In the case of several adjacent missing teeth, one or more implants may provide the abutment.

Contact our office to learn more about your restorative options and to achieve the smile you have always wanted.

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.

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.