A Bridge to a Healthier, More Confident You
Our bite can suffer when we lose, crack, or have otherwise weakened teeth. Not only can eating, speaking, and confidence be impacted, but they can also lead to further damage if left untreated. At the Mission Valley of Vaheed Bayette DDS, we provide patients their customized dental bridges to fill in gaps and give them a healthy, complete smile.
Our San Diego restorative dentist will ensure your bridges match your surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. Dr. Vaheed Bayette has helped patients in Chula Vista, Bay Park, and surrounding San Diego County areas repair their smiles with reliable dental restorations.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge fills the space where you’ve lost a tooth. It consists of two crowns connected by a prosthetic tooth known as a pontic. When we attach the bridge to the teeth on either side of a missing tooth, they bridge the gap where your missing tooth once was. With proper care, dental bridges can last over a decade.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are several benefits when you choose dental bridges to restore your smile:
- Improves oral function
- Enhances smile’s appearance
- Maintains facial structure
- Prevents teeth from shifting out of place
- Natural-looking appearance
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
- Convenient and durable
Ideal Candidate for Dental Bridges
Dr. Bayette may recommend dental bridges for patients struggling with:
- Missing teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Severely damaged or decayed teeth
If you’re missing one to four adjacent teeth and want a convenient, affordable tooth loss replacement, look no further than dental bridges. Call our Mission Valley, CA, dental office at (619) 901-0708 to learn more and schedule your consultation.
The Dental Bridge Process
The procedure for getting a dental bridge is much like getting a dental crown. We’ll prepare the abutment teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the crowns.
We’ll take a mold of your teeth and send it to the lab to create your custom bridge. You’ll return to our Mission Valley dental office after we have your completed bridge. Your restorative dentist will have you try it out and adjust it before permanently cementing it into place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, if you have one or multiple teeth missing, we can use dental bridges to replace them at the same time. Dental bridges can also be used to replace missing teeth that are adjacent to each other. The number of pontics (prosthetic teeth) in the bridge will depend on the number of missing teeth.
A dental bridge lasts anywhere from five to 15 years. The longevity of your bridges depends on factors such as your oral hygiene habits and how much wear and tear you place on your restoration. To properly care for your dental bridge, you’ll want to:
- Brush your teeth twice daily
- Floss daily
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings.
During regular visits, your dentist will examine your bridge and make necessary adjustments or repairs. We’ll also let you know when it’s time for a replacement so you won’t have to go a day without a complete smile.
While dental bridges and implants are both effective tooth replacement options, their procedures are very different and appeal to different needs.
- A dental bridge will bridge the gap left by a missing tooth. Bridges are less invasive and more affordable than dental implants because they don’t require surgery. Your adjacent teeth are prepared and fitted for crowns to reinforce the strength of the dental bridge.
- On the other hand, dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. That’s because implants are surgically affixed to your jawbone and can last a lifetime. It can take three to six months to heal from the surgery before placing your restoration.
Schedule a consultation with your restorative dentist to learn about tooth replacement options. Your dentist will discuss your smile goals and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Your dentist is the only one who can remove your dental bridges. If your bridge is loose or ill-fitting, your dentist will likely provide a replacement. If your bridge has become loose or sustained damage, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
Experience the Benefits of Dental Bridges With Our Mission Valley Dentist!
Say goodbye to gaps in your smile with a dental bridge! Schedule your dental bridge consultation by calling our dental office at (619) 901-0708. You can also fill out our contact form to request more information or book an appointment online.
Our dentist in Mission Valley has helped countless patients in San Diego, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley, CA, achieve the smiles of their dreams!