Cosmetic dental procedures from Portola Dental Group are a great way to improve your smile and make chewing and eating easier. One of our most popular cosmetic procedures is a “dental bridge” which is the application of a fixes (non-removable) dental appliance which replaces broken or missing teeth. There are several different types of dental bridges, and the correct one for your case will be determined by your dentist and yourself discussing the options that are best for your case. A “traditional bridge” is the most popular type of dental bridge, and is made of porcelain false teeth adhered to metal. The teeth will closely resemble the rest of your existing teeth, and the appliance itself is a bridge that typically consists of two crowns that go over the “anchoring teeth” or abutment teeth. These are attached to artificial teeth which fill the gaps between the anchoring teeth. Dental bridges typically last many years, but may need to be replaced for wear.

Dental bridges will:

  • Fill in spaces where teeth are missing.
  • Help with facial shape.
  • Prevent drifting of existing teeth.
  • Restore chewing and speaking.
  • Restore the smile.
  • Upgrade from removable dentures.

What happens when you get a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is typically a two visit procedure where a portion of the enamel is removed after numbing the teeth, in order to prepare them for the crowns. A mold or impression is taken and dental to the dental lab for creation, and during the next few weeks a temporary bridge will be worn. During the second visit, the new bridge will be adhered and checked for fit, and adjusted if necessary. There are cases where the cementing will be semi-permanent for a few weeks while you get used to the new bridge, at which point it will be permanently affixed. You will then receive care instructions in order to properly maintain the life of your new bridge. Regular brushing, flossing and checkups will extend the lifespan of dental bridges.