Dental Bridges

Dental BridgeDental bridges serve as a solution to replace missing teeth, restoring both function and appearance. They can be attached permanently or designed to be removable. Dr. Carol Jin, D.D.S. in San Ramon provides a complete consultation and examination to create your best treatment plan.

Why Should You Consider A Dental Bridge?

  • Appearance: A bridge supports your lips and cheeks, preventing the sinking of your mouth, which can make you appear older.
  • Oral Function: A bridge can help you replace the function of the lost tooth and remove stress from the gums.
  • Dental Health: Missing teeth increases the risk of gum disease and can even affect clear speech, as teeth play a role in sound production.

Determine Which Dental Bridge You Need

  • Fixed Bridges: These are either anchored with crowns on the abutment (adjacent) teeth or bonded directly. The procedure involves preparing the adjacent teeth by removing some enamel and dentin. Precise impressions are then taken and sent to a lab for bridge fabrication. The final bridge is cemented to the natural teeth, with a pontic (false tooth) replacing the missing tooth.
  • Removable Bridges: These are connected to teeth using metal clasps or precision attachments.

Porcelain Bridges vs. Metal Bridges

Bridges can be made from various materials, including gold alloys, non-precious alloys, and porcelain. Often, porcelain is bonded to a metal base for added strength.

  • Lifespan and Durability: Dental bridges can last up to 10-15 years or even longer with proper care. The longevity depends on the material, the health of the surrounding teeth, and adherence to dental check-ups and regular cleanings.
  • Potential Complications: While dental bridges are a reliable solution, potential issues might arise over time, such as bridge loosening or the development of cavities in adjacent teeth. Regular dental check-ups help in the early detection and rectification of such problems.

Caring For Your Dental Bridge

Maintaining the health of the bridge and surrounding teeth is crucial. Adhering to a strict brushing and flossing routine ensures the bridge’s longevity and efficacy, especially since it relies on neighboring teeth for support. Using specialized floss or interdental brushes can help clean under the bridge.

Schedule Your Dental Bridge Consultation

Considering a dental bridge in San Ramon? Contact Dr. Carol Jin, D.D.S., to go over your treatment options. We can restore your mouth so you can look good and feel great at the same time.