Dental bridges applied in our dental office in San Ramon to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. The success depends on its foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
Dr. Khandaqji’s uses modern training, techniques and materials to create bridges allows us to restore teeth in the most conservative, functional, and aesthetic manner ever possible. The end results are crowns that look and feel like natural teeth. By eliminating metal we no longer have to worry about teeth that look like jewelry, show dark lines or possible metal allergies in the mouth. Creating dental a bridge is both a science and an art. The bridgework must feel functional and natural, and it must also match your natural teeth. To mimic the look of natural enamel, dentists may use porcelain by itself or bonded to a metal base. Some bridges use a composite resin that mimics the translucence of natural teeth.
What Are the Benefits of a dental bridge?
Like many cosmetic dental procedures, placing a bridge also serves a restorative purpose and will improve your ability to chew and speak as well as your smile. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges were shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth. The procedure of installing is typically completed in two visits to our dental office in San Ramon, CA. First, Dr. Khandaqji will determine if you are a good candidate. If you are, your teeth will need to be prepared by reshaping or reconstructing any badly decayed or damaged areas. Afterward, Dr. Khandaqji will take an impression of your teeth, which is then sent off to a lab where it is cast into a mold, and give you a temporary bridge to wear. On your second visit with San Ramon Dentist Dr. Khandaqji this mold will be fitted to your teeth. Then any necessary corrections or adjustments will be made on that same visit.
Having one or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health. Specifically, missing teeth can cause:
- A shift in the alignment of your teeth
- Increased risk of periodontal disease
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Loss of adjacent teeth
- Speech disorders
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)