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It’s amazing how much these simple restorations can revive your smile.

Restorative dentistry is a wonderful thing; it allows your Chico dentist Dr. Ashley Harrison, to give you back a beautiful smile despite dental bridgedamage or other issues that may have affected the appearance and function of your teeth. Find out the benefits of choosing crowns and bridges and what they can do for your oral health.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces a missing tooth or several teeth and prevents the surrounding healthy teeth from shifting into the open space and moving out of alignment. A bridge is made up of two dental crowns, which are placed over natural teeth to help secure and anchor the bridge into place. From there a false tooth, also known as a pontic, is placed in between the two crowns and cemented to them.

What are the benefits of getting a dental bridge?

There are many advantages to getting a dental bridge in Chico including:

An aesthetic boost

With a traditional dental bridge not only will we fill the gap in your smile with a tooth that looks and functions like a real tooth but also the two crowns we place over the supporting natural teeth can be used to improve the overall look, color or shape of those teeth, as well. Through the use of durable but natural-looking porcelain, your Chico dentist can create the desired look you want while also providing a restoration that is stain-resistant.

Additional protection

If the teeth that we are going to place dental crowns over are a bit weaker or even broken then getting a dental crown can actually restore strength and function back into the tooth. Not only will the gap in your smile benefit from bridges but the neighboring teeth can also get a makeover. A dental crown can also make a damaged or weaker tooth last longer.

You’ll get a new smile fast

With other options like implants, it can take up to a year to get a new tooth but getting a dental bridge only takes about two visits (and doesn’t take much more time than getting a dental crown). This is significantly easier on many patients’ busy schedules.

Boasts less invasiveness

Many patients fear dental procedures, most particularly surgery. If you are looking to replace a missing tooth without needing surgery than you’ll want to choose a dental bridge over implants. Getting a bridge does not require any surgeries and is generally a much easier procedure to go through.

If you need to replace a damaged or missing tooth, then it’s time you called our Chico, CA dental practice. Turn to Ashley Harrison, DDS and her caring team for the best general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
November 24, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bridges  
Dental Bridges ImageIf you’re dealing with tooth loss your number-one goal is to replace that missing tooth fast. However, before you opt for dental bridges in Chico, find out a little bit more about what the treatment process will entail.

What are dental bridges?

Simply put, a dental bridge actually “bridges” the gap left behind by the missing tooth. On both ends of the dental bridge are two dental crowns that go over the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth gap. In between these two crowns is a false tooth. While these false teeth can be created from a variety of different materials including gold, most bridges use porcelain to offer a more natural look.

When are dental bridges used?

Dental bridges replace missing teeth and help to restore and improve your smile. Since the bridges employ the use of dental crowns, you’ll notice that chewing and speaking a significantly easier than before.
Also, tooth loss can eventually lead to facial changes that can make someone look older than they actually are. Dental bridges actually help your face maintain its shape so you don’t have to worry about the physical effects tooth loss will have on your face.

What is the procedure like?

The first visit will require preparing your neighboring teeth for the dental crowns, or anchoring teeth. This means removing portions of your tooth’s enamel to make room for the dental crown. We will then make impressions of your smile to send to the dental lab for fabricating your bridge. While your permanent bridge is being made, we will fit you with a temporary one.
During your second visit we will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the new one. We will also spend time adjusting and fixing the bridge to make sure it fits your smile properly. If you are getting a fixed bridge then we will cement it a few weeks later once we know that it fits just right.

How long will my dental bridges last?

Most dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 15 years depending on how well you care for them. If you maintain good oral health and attend your routine dental checkups then you will be sure to increase the life of your bridge.
If you have any questions about dental bridges in Chico or you’re interested in a dental consultation we would be happy to assist you. Call our office today so we can schedule you for an appointment. Nothing is more important than the health of your smile.