Dental Bridges Oakland & Pinole, CA
Used to replace one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more natural missing teeth, thereby “bridging” the space between two teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented into place next to the “abutment” teeth—the surrounding teeth on either side of the space, or “span.” Unlike removable partial dentures, bridges are not removable.
A cantilever bridge may be used if there are teeth on only one side of the span. This involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural, adjacent teeth. If there are no adjacent teeth to act as anchors, we may recommend an implant—a metal post that is surgically embedded into the bone and capped with a crown as an abutment. In some cases where the span is large, we may recommend a removable partial denture or even an implant-supported prosthesis.
The total treatment time is usually between two or four weeks, depending on the type of bridge.
If you maintain optimal oral hygiene care, you can expect your fixed bridge to last 8-10 years, or even longer.