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Dental Bridges


A missing tooth is not just an embarrassing nuisance. It can also be a detriment to your oral health. Dr. Benny Calise in Avalon, CA wants to do everything possible to restore full function and prevent future damage caused by a missing tooth. And bridges are one of the most common solutions.

What are Dental Bridges?

A standard bridge is a fixed dental prosthetic comprised of two dental crowns and one or more false teeth, called pontics, suspended between them. The dentist can use several materials to make your bridge, including gold, metal alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these. These dental restorations are called bridges because they “bridge” the gaps in your smile created by missing teeth.

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

All teeth work together with the jawbone for strength and stabilization. A missing tooth causes the jawbone to deteriorate and shrink. As a result, the neighboring teeth can drift or loosen. This can lead to problems with occlusion (alignment of teeth), or result in even more tooth loss.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Our dental bridges:

  • Help restore your smile
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
  • Keep remaining teeth in proper position
  • Help evenly distribute biting forces

The Common Procedure for Dental Bridges

Usually, the placement for dental bridges requires two separate appointments. Here is what you can expect:

During your first appointment, the dentist performs an examination to make sure a bridge is the best option. Then dentist prepares your teeth.

Dr. Calise will reshape teeth on both sides of the gap to make room for the prosthetic. Then he will take impressions of your teeth to send to the dental lab, where they construct your customized dental bridge. Depending on your preference, he will then place a temporary bridge to help protect your teeth until the permanent one is complete.

During your second appointment, Dr. Calise will remove the temporary prosthetic and check the condition of your remaining teeth. Then he will fit and adjust your permanent bridge, making sure it is comfortable and lines up properly with opposing teeth. Finally, he will cement the prosthetic in place and you can immediately return to your daily routine.

Post-Treatment Care Routine

A bridge relies heavily on the health and stability of neighboring teeth. As such, the appliance can fail if you do not maintain proper oral hygiene. To help your bridge last as long as possible you should:
Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day
Use specialized cleaners or flossers to clean between teeth and under your bridge (ask your dentist about the right tools)
See your dentist at least twice a year for routine checks and cleanings
Be careful about what you eat, and avoid chewing on non-food items

How Long Will a Dental Bridge Last?

As long as you maintain proper oral hygiene and maintain a healthy diet, a bridge can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or more.

Call Avalon Dental Clinic for Dental Bridges

If you are missing a tooth and are interested in a dental bridge, contact our dentist in Avalon, CA at 310-510-0322. We can provide a quick evaluation of your condition and help get your smile and oral health back on track.