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Dental Bridges

Can a dental bridge restore your smile?

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Having missing teeth can affect one's speech, and it can make them feel uncomfortable when they smile. Teeth have many functions, they improve one's speech, they allow people to chew their food properly and they enhance the beauty of one's smile. For those individuals who have one or more missing teeth, they may be excellent candidates for a dental bridge, which has the capability of restoring their beautiful smile, and sometimes even better than before.

A dental bridge literally "bridges the gap" that is created by having one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made out of two crowns for the two teeth that are on each side of the gap. With a crown, the two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) are crowned and a false tooth is made to go in-between the two abutment teeth. The false teeth can be made up of materials such as gold, porcelain, alloys, or any combination of the above.

People sometimes wonder if a dental bridge will make it more difficult to eat, on the contrary, dental bridges actually make eating easier than before. However, until the patient becomes accustomed to eating with the bridge, it's recommended that they eat soft foods and cut food into small pieces.

There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. Roya Mirkhan will discuss the best options for your particular case. The "traditional bridge" is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability
  • Restore your smile
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance

Schedule a San Diego Consultation With Dr. Roya Mirkhan

There is only one way to find out if a dental bridge is right for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roya Mirkhan. In your consultation, Dr. Roya Mirkhan will carefully evaluate your situation and develop a customized treatment plan that will produce the most esthetically pleasing and optimum results achievable.

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