Fill the Gaps in Your Smile
with a Dental Bridge
Missing teeth can interfere with every aspect of your day-to-day life, including your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
At Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center, we provide natural-looking dental bridges to restore the proper form and function of your smile for lasting comfort.
So what can a dental bridge do for you?
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With a Single Treatment, a Bridge Can Replace One to Three Consecutive Teeth
Restore Your Smile with a Natural-Looking Porcelain Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can fill the gap left by multiple consecutive missing teeth. Dr. Jose Valenzuela, Jr., can provide both traditional and implant-supported bridges at his Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico, practice. He will perform a thorough exam to evaluate your jawbone health and determine the right type of bridge for your needs. At Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center, our bridges are crafted from high-quality porcelain. Therefore, no matter what type you receive, your restoration will have a beautifully lifelike sparkle, and the color will harmonize with the rest of your smile. Furthermore, your bridge can have a dramatic impact on your oral health, preventing additional damage and restoring your complete dental function.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a medium-sized restoration made from several dental crowns. It can typically replace between two and three missing teeth, nestling securely in the gap in your smile. A traditional bridge will sit on top of your natural teeth. An implant-supported bridge will attach to dental implants, which Dr. Valenzuela will surgically set in your jawbone.
What Type of Bridge Is Right for You?
Your dentist will consider several factors to determine the right type of bridge for you:
- Your jawbone health: The strength and density of your jawbone is one of the most important considerations because if you are receiving an implant-supported restoration, the tissue must be able to support implant posts. Bone recession occurs quickly after tooth loss, so if you have lost a significant amount of tissue, you may not qualify for an implant-supported bridge. Alternatively, a bone graft can often restore your candidacy, even if you have sustained pronounced jaw recession.
- Your nearby teeth: Since a standard bridge will sit atop your natural teeth, those teeth must be strong enough to support the prosthetic. If they have current decay or previous fillings, an implant-supported bridge may be more suitable.
- Your overall health: For qualified patients, implant surgery is remarkably safe. However, if you have a compromised immune system or another systemic condition, unnecessary surgery may not be the best choice.
Though Dental Implant Center mostly places porcelain crowns and bridges, patients can also choose to have their restorations made from zirconia. We invite you to take a closer look at what these options can provide:
Widely lauded among cosmetic and restorative dentists, porcelain is very often used for crowns and bridges because of its aesthetic appeal. Porcelain, like natural tooth enamel, is translucent; this means that some light is allowed to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting off of it. Also, the shape and size of the crowns and bridges can be customized to blend in with the surrounding teeth. Dental Implant Center typically uses Lumineer® Veneers, which are second to none in terms of beauty and durability.
If you need a dental crown, but you do not want it to be clearly visible, you may be a great candidate for zirconium crowns. Unlike alternative options, zirconium crowns can be placed anywhere in the mouth, and have the strength and durability to withstand the biting pressure of the front and back teeth. Additionally, crowns made from zirconia are very natural-looking, and blend seamlessly with your smile. With metal crowns, the metal is clearly visible when light reflects off it. Another added benefit of zirconium crowns is that zirconia reflects light in much the same way as natural tooth enamel does.
Placing a Dental Bridge
To place a traditional bridge, Dr. Valenzuela will need to prep the teeth that will support your restoration. He will gently reshape them by trimming away several layers of tissue. In this way, he can make room for the bridge, allowing it to lie naturally and keeping it from disrupting the natural force of your bite. Of course, he will numb your teeth prior to this step, resulting in a negligible discomfort procedure. After this initial process, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth, and our partner lab can create a bridge to match these specific dimensions. You will receive a temporary bridge in the meantime, and when the final prosthetic is finished, Dr. Valenzuela will attach it to your teeth.
If you are going to receive an implant-supported bridge, the process will involve additional steps. Dr. Valenzuela will first need to perform implant surgery. Then he will place your restoration once you have healed. Typically, this final step will take place four to six months after the implant posts have been surgically set.
A dental bridge can have a dramatic impact on your oral health, preventing additional damage and restoring your complete dental function.
The Benefits of a Porcelain Dental Bridge
Whether you qualify for a traditional or an implant-supported bridge, your prosthetic can significantly improve your oral health. A bridge can help to preserve your natural dental alignment since your teeth would otherwise migrate to fill in the gap in your smile. Bacteria can also reside in the space left by missing teeth. Therefore, your prosthetic will help to combat dental decay and gum disease. Of course, a bridge can also restore your dental function, appearance, and self-assurance.
At the same time, an implant-supported bridge offers additional benefits. With an implant-supported restoration, Dr. Valenzuela will not need to reshape your nearby teeth, so your overall bite will be stronger. Additionally, an implant-supported bridge is often more sturdy, particularly in comparison with a removable restoration. Finally, the implant posts will replace your dental roots, helping to prevent jawbone recession and tooth loss.
Our bridges are made of porcelain, which provides extra cosmetic benefits. Porcelain is one of the most lifelike restorative materials available today. Not only does it come in a full spectrum of natural shades, it is also slightly translucent, a quality that will give your bridge a beautiful interplay with light so that it sparkles just like your natural teeth.