Dental Bridges West Covina CA

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges in West Covina

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may have problems chewing and speaking may become difficult. And of course, you might be embarrassed to fully smile. Don't worry! All of these dental problems can be fixed with the latest in dental technologies. A dental bridge can restore the look and healthy function of your smile.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

When you lose a tooth or worse, more than one tooth, it can cause problems with your bite. Chewing and speaking can become a chore. A dental bridge can replace your missing teeth in a permanent way, so you can live your life without worrying about your missing teeth. One or more artificial teeth and/or crowns are connected to make a "bridge" that replaces the missing teeth. This type of fixed dental restoration completely replaces your lost or broken teeth and works just like regular teeth.

What Is a Dental Bridge Pontic?

In a dental bridge, you need a false tooth to replace the missing tooth. This false tooth is called a pontic. The pontic sits in between the abutment teeth or crowns on either side of it.

What Are Dental Bridge Pontics Made Of?

Pontics are usually made of porcelain so they fit in with your natural teeth. They can also be made of metals such as gold or other materials like resin.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A crown is a cap that goes on an existing tooth. It is designed to look and feel natural. A traditional bridge uses crowns on the teeth on either side of the tooth gap. These two teeth are the anchors for the bridge, and the crowns on them connect to the pontic in the middle.

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What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

Besides restoring your smile, dental bridges are important because they improve the functionality of your mouth, enabling you to chew and speak properly. The bridge also reduces long-term problems that can occur from missing teeth, which can put incorrect pressure on the jaw. They also keep existing teeth from shifting unnecessarily.

What Is the Process for Receiving a Dental Bridge?

During your initial appointment, we will examine your teeth and determine the best type of bridge for your needs. The specific process for your dental bridge will depend on the type of bridge you choose. You may need to have the teeth next to the gap recontoured to create a snug space for the crown to sit on. We will make impressions of your teeth to create the crowns and pontic. For an implant bridge, dental implants will be situated first and you will receive a temporary bridge to wear until your permanent bridge is ready.

What Types of Dental Bridges Are There?

There are four different types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, Maryland (aka resin-bonded bridge), and implant-supported (such as All-on-4) dental bridges.

What Is a Traditional Dental Bridge?

The most common type of bridge is the traditional dental bridge that consists of two crowns that fit on the teeth on either side of the gap and the pontic that replaces the missing tooth.

What Is a Maryland Bonded Dental Bridge?

Maryland bonded bridges are also known as resin-bonded bridges. These are often made of porcelain or resin on a framework that may be metal, porcelain, or resin. The "wing" of the framework is bonded on one side to existing teeth. (Bonding this type of bridge to two sides can actually put more force on it, causing more failure.) This type of bridge is less common because it is more challenging to implement well, but it has specific clinical uses.

What Is a Cantilever Dental Bridge?

A cantilever dental bridge is like a traditional dental bridge except the pontic is only secured to a single dental crown. This works best for back teeth, when it would be impossible to have two teeth supporting the bridge.

What Is an Implant-Supported Dental Bridge?

The sturdiest type of bridge available, an implant-supported bridge, is held in place by metal implants or screws that are secured into the jawbone. This type of dental bridge can support multiple artificial teeth. In the case of the All-on-4 dental implant, four implants can support an entire arch of teeth.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Dental Bridge?

Depending on the type of dental bridge you are getting, you may need multiple appointments across a few weeks or few months until the bridge is fully completed.

What Does a Dental Bridge Cost?

Dental bridges typically cost from $500 to $1,500 per artificial tooth, and dental implant bridges may be more, depending on how many teeth are replaced. However, it is typically cheaper to replace a group of teeth using a bridge than to replace one tooth at a time with a singular dental implant.

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