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Dental Bridges


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More About Dental Bridges


If you’re missing teeth, a dental bridge can close the gap in your smile. Composed of materials such as gold or porcelain, dental bridges are strong and durable false teeth that easily blend in with your natural teeth.

How does a dental bridge work?

An abutment (a connector) is created with the patient’s existing teeth. These teeth are reworked to act as a stable base for the bridge

Once the abutment is formed, a mold is taken of the area

The mold is sent to a dental lab where a custom made bridge is built to fit the patient in a way that feels as close to their natural teeth as possible.

While waiting for your permanent bridge, a temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth to protect the abutments and vulnerable gum areas.

t takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.
 
A bridge is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetic.
 
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to “fall.” This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate, and it is just a matter of time before them, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues, so we highly recommend visiting our Mission Viejo cosmetic dentist as soon as possible.

We recommend coming in for a consultation so we can discuss your case specifically and put together a few options for you.


Common Questions


When is a dental bridge needed?

If you have a missing tooth, the empty space can cause your other teeth to shift over time. A dental bridge is used to fill the empty space and preserve the structure of your teeth and smile.

How long does a dental bridge last for?

Most dental brindles will last between 10 and 15 years, but it ultimately depends on the amount of care and the level of hygiene practiced.

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Insurance & Billing


Attaining the smile you’ve always wanted is as important to you as it is to us, and helping you affordably achieve that smile is our main goal. Our qualified financial team will do everything to ensure that expense does not prevent you from receiving the quality care you need and desire. Please contact our friendly staff to learn more about Insurance & Billing.

Why Choose Our Practice


Kind & Hospitable


With professional dental services, a comfortable environment, and welcoming care, our team want to help you make those remarkable moments in your life shine brighter with your smile.

Flexible Financing Options


Our qualified financial team will do all it can to make sure that expense does not prevent you from receiving the quality care you need and desire. We have developed different financial options to help you facilitate your goals.

Convenient Location


We serve the great people of Mission Viejo and Orange County. We look forward to providing you with the professional, progressive dental care and customer service our patients have come to expect.

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We are so thankful to have such amazing patients who have taken the time to share their experiences on Google, Facebook, and other online sources.

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