Replacing missing teeth with dental bridges
Missing teeth can be a major embarrassment and can cause many problems with your smile. Not only is there a noticeable gap, but it can also cause your remaining teeth to shift and move, resulting in more gaps and noticeable misalignment. A fixed dental bridge from Barsanti Dental Group in Arcata, California, replaces the missing tooth or teeth, restoring your smile to its former glory and ensuring full functionality and beauty! If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of using dental bridges to replace one or more teeth in the smile, continue reading and learning about this highly-desirable dental restoration used for many of our patients in the community dealing with tooth loss.
What is a dental bridge?
A fixed dental bridge is a restoration used to replace missing teeth in the smile. The bridge consists of two porcelain crowns fused together with a pontic (the replacement tooth) in between. After some preparation on the neighboring teeth, Dr. Barsanti will create beautiful, lifelike porcelain crowns that will help make and support the bridge and look like your natural teeth!
How does it work?
A fixed dental bridge replaces the missing tooth by using the two adjoining healthy teeth as anchors for the restoration. These two healthy teeth are prepared by removing a portion of their enamel so that they can securely hold the new porcelain crowns in place. The pontic is then attached to these two crowned teeth and provides a beautiful and functional replacement for the missing tooth or teeth.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
- Restored confidence in your smile
- Improved function and biting ability
- Prevention of remaining teeth from shifting
- Improved overall oral health
Who is a candidate?
Most people missing one or more teeth are excellent candidates for a fixed dental bridge. The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trish Barsanti and her team at her Arcata, California, practice. She will examine your smile and discuss all your treatment options with you to make the best decision for restoring your smile after tooth loss. Call (707) 388-3880 to request a visit at 1180 8th Street.
A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.