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Bridges | Valley Grace Dental

Dr. Arthur Huang may recommend a dental bridge if you are missing one or more teeth in a row. Dental bridges are designed to restore your smile and are stable and durable replacements for your missing teeth. Give us a call at 661-587-7002 to learn more about dental bridges in Bakersfield, California, and to set up your appointment with the dental team at Valley Grace Dental.

If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth in a row, we may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration, meaning it is non-removable. The dental bridge is anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, which are custom made to fit your smile and are placed on the teeth or dental implants next to the space left by the missing tooth.

These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to restore your smile, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete the dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile.

Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge to improve your smile by:

  • Restoring your ability to speak, eat, and chew as normal.
  • Alleviating excess stress on the bite.
  • Improving the shape and volume of your face.
  • Replacing an unwanted removable partial denture.
  • Preventing the remaining natural teeth from moving out of position.
  • Enhancing the appearance of your smile.

TYPES OF DENTAL BRIDGES


TRADITIONAL DENTAL BRIDGE

Traditional dental bridges are the most popular type of dental bridges. In this form of dental restoration, one or several false teeth (pontics) are supported by dental crowns cemented over each of the surrounding (abutment) teeth. Traditional dental bridges are suitable for patients with functional natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth.

CANTILEVER DENTAL BRIDGE

Cantilever dental bridges are similar to traditional dental bridges, except that they only involve one dental crown to buttress the entire bridge. The dental crown is cemented over only one abutment tooth, generally meant for patients who only have functional teeth on one side of the missing teeth.

MARYLAND DENTAL BRIDGE

Maryland dental bridges involve two natural abutment teeth placed on either side of the missing teeth. However, a Maryland dental bridge doesn’t necessitate modifying the abutment teeth to accommodate the dental crowns; instead, the bridge is supported by a metallic or porcelain framework bonded behind the abutment teeth. These aren’t as secure as traditional bridges, but they don’t require modifying the existing healthy teeth.

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