If you are missing one tooth or a few teeth in a row, a dental bridge can be used to literally “bridge” the gap in your smile. A traditional bridge attaches to dental crowns placed over adjacent teeth, and can be created as a removable or fixed appliance. A bridge can also attach to dental implants, which provide increased stability. These types of bridges do not require the alteration of adjacent, healthy teeth. Dr. Hada will work closely with you to determine the best restorative option to meet your needs.
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Dental Bridges Restore the Look and Function of a Smile after Tooth Loss
After losing teeth, the resulting gap in your smile can compromise your self-confidence as well as your oral health. Fortunately, patients who are missing up to three consecutive teeth can choose from different types of custom dental bridges at Dr. Richard K. Hada’s Mission Viejo, CA, practice. A dental bridge is a custom prosthesis used to fill in the gap created by tooth loss and restore the strength and function of a smile. To learn more about the different types of dental bridges we offer, schedule an appointment at Hada Family Dental today.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
When you turn to the talented team at Hada Family Dental for a custom dental bridge, we can restore the aesthetic appeal of your smile and bring balance back to your bite. Furthermore, dental bridges also help to keep adjacent teeth from shifting position over time. These restorations are custom crafted to blend with a patient’s smile and available to virtually anyone who is missing up to three consecutive teeth. With proper care, your bridge can last for many years.
Those who receive implant-supported bridges can enjoy an additional benefit to their overall oral health. After tooth loss, the surrounding area of the jawbone will no longer receive proper stimulation and can begin to deteriorate. This bone degeneration can lead to further tooth loss and other concerns over time. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that become fused with the jawbone. As a result, they help to return stimulation to the jaw and halt bone degeneration.
Types of Dental Bridges
Advances in restorative dentistry have led to the creation of new types of dental bridges. At Hada Family Dental, we offer:
- Fixed Bridges: The most common type of bridge, traditional (or fixed) bridges are secured by dental crowns on each side. To prepare for your traditional bridge, Dr. Hada will reshape adjacent teeth and take detailed impressions, which will be used to create a custom bridge at our partner dental lab. Traditional bridges are affordable and available to a very large range of patients.
- Removable Bridges: Also called a partial denture, a removable bridge does not require healthy teeth to be reshaped or the use of dental crowns.
- Implant-supported Bridges: Implant-supported bridges are the most stable, long-lasting type of dental bridge. These restorations are secured by small metal posts that have been surgically placed in the jaw. As a result, patients with implant-supported bridges do not have to worry about their prosthesis slipping or falling out of position, so they can eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Dr. Hada can review the unique features of each type of bridge during a personal consultation to help you select the type that best suits your unique needs and goals.
Contact our Practice to Learn More
The talented and compassionate team at Hada Family Dental will provide patient-centered treatment in a comfortable environment. If you are missing teeth, we can create a beautiful dental bridge to restore the look and function of your smile. Contact our practice today to learn more about this trusted restorative solution.