How does a dental bridge work?

A bridge is comprised of dental crowns on either side of the gap, with an artificial tooth in between them. The crowns and your surrounding teeth provide support for the prosthetic tooth and hold it permanently in place. When performed correctly, this kind of restoration delivers a number of benefits to our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients, including:

  • Creating a healthy, gap-free smile.
  • Resolving eating and speaking difficulties.
  • Treating any bite issues that were caused by your missing teeth.

Is a dental bridge right for you?

A dental bridge is a terrific way for our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients to replace one to three consecutive missing teeth. To be considered an ideal candidate for this procedure, your surrounding teeth should be healthy and strong, and you should be committed to maintaining optimal oral hygiene moving forward, as this will ensure that your dental bridge can endure for as long as possible.

Replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge

The procedure to place your dental bridge will be performed in our comfortable Northridge office, and will span three appointments. During your first visit, we’ll focus on preparing your surrounding teeth to receive the dental crowns by contouring their shape and removing some of the enamel, making room for the restorations. We will then take careful impressions of your prepared teeth, which we will send to a lab so your custom dental bridge can be created. While you wait for your final restoration, we will provide you with a temporary one to protect your teeth in the meantime.

Once your final bridge has been created, you will return to our office to have it placed. During that appointment, we will remove your temporary prosthetic and place your permanent one using dental cement. We’ll then have you return to the office in a couple of weeks so we can check the fit of the bridge and ensure that it’s placed properly.