A dental bridge helps to “bridge” the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. If you’d like to replace missing teeth in a safe and effective way, visit the office of expert dentist Gus Huerta, DDS, in Sherman Oaks, California. Dr. Huerta offers dental bridges to help patients restore function and beauty to their smiles. Call the office or book an appointment online with Dr. Huerta and his team today.
A dental bridge is a restoration device that helps to fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge has two crowns on opposite sides of an artificial tooth. The artificial tooth replaces the missing tooth, and the crowns sit on top of the neighboring teeth.
As a supportive structure, a bridge holds the artificial tooth in place and protects the neighboring teeth as well.
Before getting a dental bridge, Dr. Huerta needs to make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure and that your teeth and gums can support this type of restoration.
The process of getting a bridge generally takes a few appointments. At your first visit, Dr. Huerta prepares the abutment teeth — the teeth that are on opposite sides of the missing tooth — so that the crowns can easily fit on top. This may involve recontouring the teeth or removing a portion of the enamel.
After this, Dr. Huerta takes impressions of your teeth so a laboratory technician can create the structure for your custom-made bridge. While the permanent bridge is being made, you might need a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums.
At your next appointment, Dr. Huerta fits the permanent bridge on your teeth. The bridge is meant to blend in with existing teeth since it matches their natural color and can mask any missing teeth.
You might need a series of appointments to determine that the bridge is staying in place and that it’s not harming your bite. You may need to alter your diet to eat only soft foods while your teeth adjust to the new restoration.
A bridge can help to preserve the integrity, function, and appearance of your smile. Some of the benefits of a dental bridge are:
A bridge can also prevent long-term dental complications that may arise when you have a missing tooth.
If you want to learn more about bridges and whether they’re the right option for you, call the office of Gus Huerta, DDS, today, or schedule an appointment online.