Dental Bridges in San Diego, CA

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Overview

When one or several of your teeth have fallen out, it is more than just a cosmetic problem — missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift. This shifting may lead to more tension when biting, pain during chewing, or issues when speaking. A dental bridge improves your mouth's health and appearance by filling in spaces with a false tooth. This tooth is supported by either dental implants, your natural teeth, or a combination of both. Bridges also help retain your face's natural shape by preventing the shrinkage of the jawbone and tissue around a missing tooth. If a missing tooth is left unchecked, your lips and cheeks may begin to sag or droop, changing the look of your face. At Dental Express, our dentists offer customized bridges made with top-quality materials to help restore your beautiful smile. If you have missing teeth, please schedule a consultation to learn more about treatment options.

Best Candidates

People with missing teeth don't merely have an aesthetic problem — spaces between your smile can have a powerful impact on your mouth's health. With time, gaps can lead to shifting teeth, causing bite problems (underbite, crossbite, overbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. Shifting teeth can lead to painful toothaches and make the affected teeth harder to clean. Harder to reach teeth means a greater risk of cavities and gingivitis. Dental bridges require the surrounding teeth to be healthy enough to support the restoration, so patients should have sufficient jawbone density and gum tissue. This is where your oral health routine comes in—schedule bi-annual dentist checkups and brush and floss at home every day. Also, make sure to eat a healthy balanced diet to ensure your teeth are healthy enough for this kind of treatment. To determine if a bridge is the best option, we will examine your gums and jaw during a consultation. Next, we will help you choose the best bridge type, such as an implant-retained bridge, a cantilever, traditional, Maryland bonded, or resin bonded. We will also help you select the best materials, including ceramic, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal.

What To Expect

Once we've finished your initial consultation and created your plan, the dental bridge treatment process usually takes two appointments to complete. The first appointment is for imaging and impressions to build your unique bridge. The second is for installation. 

To prepare your teeth for the bridge, we file down your supporting teeth to ensure you have enough room for the new bridge. After filing the teeth, we take digital images and dental impressions to create your customized bridge. You will have temporary crowns until your custom bridge is made.

Once the permanent dental bridge is ready, we will schedule your next visit. To begin the treatment, we will numb your mouth with local anesthesia. We are happy to provide stronger anesthesia or sedation if you have any dental anxieties or a strong gag reflex to help calm you during the placement. The bridge will either be cemented into place or attached to dental implants. We will carefully adjust the bridge's position so that it fits comfortably in your mouth and is stable. 

Follow-Up

Once your bridge is in place, you should notice a significant improvement in your teeth' function and appearance. You may need a follow-up visit at Dental Express to adjust the fit of your bridge. Our team will show you how to care for your restoration, including the best way to keep it clean and what foods to avoid. It is crucial to regularly clean your bridge and mouth because cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. If you properly care for your bridge, it can last for many years. You need to schedule appointments at Dental Express for your annual dental examination and biannual cleanings. During your dental exam, we will check the health and fit of your dental bridge to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.

 We want your dental health journey to be as smooth outside the office as it is inside. So, please give us a call if you have any questions about your new smile. We're always happy to help!

Insurance Coverage

Typically, insurance companies cover part of your expenses for bridges and other dental restorations. Our office will work with your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Dental Express offers several payment methods, including medical financing, which we will discuss during your consultation. We will help you select the best bridge type and the best material to meet your budget and needs.

Dental Bridge Restorations

A missing tooth doesn't mean you're in the clear with your dental health. Even if you don't mind the way your smile looks with a missing tooth, it may turn into a bigger problem if you don't seek treatment. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to receive more information about bridge restorations. Dental Express is pleased to offer custom dental restorations that can help improve your smile's appearance and health. Contact one of our San Diego, CA offices to make an appointment. Your smile is worth it!

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