Dental Bridges: An Overview

What Is A Dental Bridge?


The dental bridge is made up of two crowns that are used to cover each tooth on either side of a dental gap. This set of anchoring teeth is called abutment tooth/teeth, which are dental prosthesis or set of the tooth in the dental gap. These false teeth better known as pontics are usually made from metal alloys, gold, porcelain and alloy infused porcelain. The dental bridges are reinforced by your healthy natural teeth or by implants. At Yanez Dental in Bakersfield, we can manage this process by using the latest technology to offer a sustained way to help restore your natural smile again.

Benefits of Dental Bridges


These dental bridges can provide you:

  • The right bite with offering equal bite force on your teeth and untroubled speech.
  • Help restore the shape of your face.
  • Prevent further dental decay in the adjacent teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges


There are three common types of dental bridges available. We at Yanez Dental, after thorough oral examination, select one that suits you the best; also, we discuss the issue with you to explain the technicalities of the procedure apart from letting you know the cost of the procedure and insurance support as well.

Traditional Bridges: Traditional bridges involve a procedure of making crowns for the supportive set of teeth or implant adjacent to the missing tooth, with pontics in between. These are the most common type of bridges used to fill dental gaps. These bridges usually are made from porcelain fused alloys or ceramics.

Cantilever Bridges: These are usually employed if there is a single side tooth available to support the affected area. This procedure is normally used to replace a single tooth.

Maryland Bonded Bridges: Maryland bonded dental bridges are also known as resin-bonded bridges, are made of a plastic tooth and anchored with a metal outline. The metal framework is then bonded to your existing teeth line.

How Does Dr. Simon Yanez Create a Dental Bridge?


During your preliminary examination, a 3-D sketch of your abutment teeth is prepared. Also, we perform an adjustment tweaking of the adjacent teeth to create room for a crown to be placed on them. The sketches serve as a model for making a dental prosthesis/teeth, and crowns. Dr. Simon Yanez sets a temporary bridge for an intervening period and gives you a follow-up date for the final procedure.

During your next scheduled visit, your temporary bridge is carefully replaced with a new permanent bridge. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, we may temporarily bond it in place for a fortnight's time to ensure its proper fitting. After evaluating its satisfactory condition, we permanently cement the bridge into place. After completion of the procedure, we recommend ways for you to better use your new dental bridge with recommended follow-up visits as well.

Following recommended hygiene routine and proper dental care, you may enjoy a full decade service of your dental bridge. Recommended brushing and flossing of your teeth makes them healthy, it helps prevent many dental conditions as well.

It takes a little time and practice to get the standard flow of your bite following fixing a dental bridge, so try eat soft foods initially. Once get used to it, enjoy eating whatever you want.