Bridges Specialist

Marina Landing Dentistry

Asmita Dharia, DDS

Dentistry located in Alameda, CA

Don’t let a chipped or cracked tooth get you down. If you’re in the East Bay area and not happy with the damaged look of your smile, visit Marina Landing Dentistry located in Alameda, California, where prestigious dentist, Asmita Dharia, DDS, provides a range of restorative dental solutions, including bridges and crowns. Dental bridges can repair chipped or cracked teeth and help you achieve your desired smile. Call Marina Landing Dentistry or use the online scheduling tool today.

Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge essentially is a fixed dental prosthesis that bridges the gap left by missing teeth. If you have one single missing tooth, a bridge is usually made up of two crowns that Dr. Dharia places on top of your natural teeth on each side of the gap.

A bridge permanently connects an artificial tooth to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Bridges can be composed of a variety of materials, such as porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of these materials.

What are the different types of bridges?

There are a number of different types of bridges:

Traditional fixed bridges

Traditional fixed bridges are the most commonly used bridges and are usually derived from porcelain that’s fused to ceramics or metal. A traditional fixed bridge involves two or more crowns and a filler tooth or teeth. The crowns effectively secure your bridge in place.

The type of bridge procedure you have depends on the type of bridge. Two or more dental visits are usually required for traditional fixed bridges. Dr. Dharia numbs your teeth and prepares your two anchoring teeth by removing a portion of enamel to make room for a crown. Next, Dr. Dharia creates a mold or impression of your teeth and sends it to a dental lab, which produces your custom bridge.

It usually takes about two weeks for the dental lab to create your crown. You might be given a temporary bridge you can wear in the interim. During your second visit, Dr. Dharia carefully cements your bridge in place.

Cantilever bridges

Cantilever bridges are used when there are only teeth on one side of the missing tooth.

Maryland bonded bridges

Maryland bonded bridges usually consist of porcelain fused to metal teeth. A metal framework supports the metal teeth. The Maryland bonded bridge involves one artificial tooth bonded to a set of wings on each side.

Dental implants

If you don’t have enough teeth to support your bridge or you don’t have healthy teeth, Dr. Dharia might suggest surgically placing dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root that Dr. Dharia inserts into your jawbone to replace your natural tooth root. The implant anchors and holds your artificial bridge or tooth in place.

Why would I choose a dental bridge?

Dr. Dharia might recommend a dental bridge to:

  • Fill the space between missing teeth
  • Maintain your facial shape
  • Prevent your remaining teeth from gradually drifting out of place
  • Restore or improve your ability to speak or chew
  • Restore your smile

Dental bridges are durable, long-lasting, and effective. For quality dental bridges, call Marina Landing Dentistry or book online today.