What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are one of many dental restorations used by Dr. Brianne Luu and her team at Gentle Care Dentistry of Azusa, California, to repair the smile after tooth extraction and loss. If you are considering this restoration for your smile, now is a great time to learn about the benefits of dental bridges and other frequently asked questions from our team.
A dental bridge explained
A dental bridge is a type of treatment used to replace one or several missing teeth. It is made up of prosthetic teeth that are held in place by two crowns, known as abutments, which are placed over the adjacent natural teeth. A quality dental bridge helps restore your smile and enables you to speak and eat with ease. It also helps maintain the shape of your face and reduces the risk of other teeth shifting out of place to fill in the gap left by the missing tooth.
What materials are used to create dental bridges?
A dental bridge can be made from various materials, including porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic, for a natural-looking result. At Gentle Care Dentistry, Dr. Luu and her team can evaluate you and speak with you about what you would like to see with your dental bridge and assist you in choosing the right one for your needs.
How long do dental bridges last?
With proper maintenance, bridges can last many years before they need replacement. Patients with certain conditions that could put their restorations at risk, such as those with bruxism, should consider asking their dentist about using a special oral appliance. These are best used to protect the natural teeth and restorations in the smile from damage caused by clenching and grinding.
How long does it take to get a dental bridge?
The typical process of obtaining a dental bridge usually takes two visits to the office. During the first visit, Dr. Luu will prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth for crowns and take an impression of your mouth. The second visit is when you return to have your bridge placed in your mouth after it has been custom-made in a laboratory. The restoration is bonded with special dental cement to ensure the bridge stays firmly in place.
What are the primary benefits of dental bridges?
- Restore the smile’s appearance and health
- Feel natural when eating and speaking
- Provide support for surrounding teeth to avoid shifting
- Improves speech and eating efficiency
- Are affordable and sometimes covered by dental insurance plans
Who can I contact to learn more about dental bridges near me?
Dental bridges are a great way to restore the appearance of your smile and help keep other teeth from shifting out of place. If you have any questions or want to learn more about dental bridges, please get in touch with Dr. Brianne Luu and her team at Gentle Care Dentistry for more information. The office is in Azusa, CA, at 232 North Azusa Avenue, and can be reached by calling +1 626-466-9596.
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