Dental Bridges – Corte Madera, CA
A Traditional Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth
You’re more likely to end up with a gap in your grin than you might think; according to the American College of Prosthodontists, around 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. An incomplete set of teeth can make it difficult to chew your food or speak clearly, so you’ll want to fill in the space as soon as possible. At our Corte Madera practice, Dr. Young can replace missing teeth with dental bridges that blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Call today to schedule a consultation and see if you might be a good candidate for a dental bridge.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is comprised of two dental crowns and one or more replacement teeth, also known as pontics. The crowns and the pontics are all made out of natural-looking materials that closely resemble enamel, and they can be color-matched to your specific smile to make them indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The crowns are used to anchor the restoration in place while the pontics fill in the gap.
Types of Dental Bridges
We offer both traditional dental bridges and implant bridges. The kind that’s right for your smile will depend on your situation; we’ll need to examine your mouth, consider your goals and preferences, and review your oral health history before we make a recommendation.
A traditional dental bridge is usually recommended if you’ve only lost one tooth. The crowns at either end of the bridge will be anchored to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap. To make room for the crowns, we’ll have to remove a small amount of enamel from the teeth in question.
An implant bridge may be suggested if you’ve lost multiple teeth in a row. Two implant posts will be placed in the gap; once your mouth has healed, the dental bridge will be attached to the posts. With this procedure, we can avoid needing to make any permanent changes to your remaining natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges have been around for centuries, and they remain a reliable tooth replacement option to this day. There are several benefits to using a bridge to complete your smile, including:
- Maintaining the Alignment of Your Other Teeth: If your missing teeth aren’t replaced, the remaining teeth will start to drift into the gap and throw off the alignment of your bite. A dental bridge helps prevent dental drift and keeps your teeth where they’re supposed to be.
- Improved Confidence: Having a gap in your smile can make you feel very self-conscious about your appearance. However, dental bridges are so natural looking that most people won’t be able to tell that you’ve had dental work done; this can help you feel more confident about sharing your grin with the world.
- Easy to Care For: Dental implants are permanently anchored in your mouth, so you can brush and floss them the same way you would the rest of your smile.
- Long-Lasting Results: A traditional dental bridge usually lasts around 10 to 15 years, and implant bridges can last for decades if they receive the right maintenance.