Dental bridges have been a traditional tooth replacement option for patients who have lost one tooth or several consecutive teeth. Combining this traditional treatment with modern materials and techniques, the modern dental bridge can offer great results and a lasting smile.
Fullerton dentists Dr. Kush Patel and Dr. Krutav Patel will meet with you to determine the most suitable option for your unique oral health needs. They place high quality, cosmetic dental bridges for patients with missing teeth.
Dental Bridges: What To Expect
Modern dental bridges are almost always fixed. This can be accomplished using dental implants or permanently securing the bridge to dental crowns placed over existing teeth.
The process will require 2 to 3 visits to our Fullerton dentist office, beginning with a consultation to evaluate your dental health. We will create a personalized plan of treatment for restoring a beautiful, functional smile. The next step will be dental impressions to be used in fabricating your custom dental bridge. Using quality materials and advanced color matching techniques, your new restoration will blend with your natural smile.
If existing teeth are to serve as the anchor for your dental bridge, they will most likely be strengthened with a dental crown prior to the placement of your bridge. Once complete, your bridge will be secured to the crowns on either side for a comfortable, stable result.
For dental implant secured bridges, Dr. Patel will discuss the process for implanting the titanium post in the jaw bone. This post will support a dental crown, functioning like a natural tooth in supporting your dental bridge.
With proper dental care, you can expect to enjoy lasting results with your dental bridge.
Dental Bridge VS Dental Implant
Many patients are overwhelmed by the range of treatment options available today for replacing missing teeth. When it comes to choosing what is best, there are several important factors to consider. During a consultation, Drs. Kush and Krutav Patel will explain the pros and cons of options considered appropriate for your unique concerns and goals.
Here are a few key points to consider when choosing treatment for tooth replacement:
- Oral health and bone structure – Only patients in good health, with good bone structure will be candidates for dental implants. In some cases, bone grafting procedures may be recommended if additional support is needed. If you are not a candidate for dental implants, a dental bridge may be the best solution.
- Cost – While the cost of a dental bridge may be more affordable in the short term, implants typically provide a better long term solution, They are less likely to need repair or replacement in the future.
- Stable restoration – Dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth. The dental implant is anchored to the bone, allowing the patient to eat whatever they want, brush and floss normally, and have unaffected speech. While the dental bridge itself is extremely durable, the concern is for the health of neighboring teeth. If one of the anchor teeth fails or needs dental work, it compromises the entire dental bridge.
- Procedure and recovery – Dental implant surgery is a relatively comfortable and quick procedure. Sedation dentistry options are available.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have missing teeth, the first step towards restoring your smile is a consultation. Contact Fullerton Craft Smiles at (714) 888-7008 or request an appointment online. We will meet with you and help you regain your quality of life with a functional smile.