What are dental bridges used for?

It is vital to replace missing teeth in the smile as soon as possible. This can help you avoid issues such as shifting teeth or the poor function of the smile. However, some patients may not be sure how they want to replace these teeth. Dental bridges are one of several options that patients should consider when thinking about replacing missing teeth. Dr. Cheng Zhu and his team at Pleasant Hill Dental in Pleasant Hill, California, can educate you on the benefits of dental bridges and determine if you are a good fit for this restoration.

What is a bridge, and how does it work?

Dr. Cheng Zhu describes the dental bridge as a prosthetic tooth, or several teeth used to fill in the space created by a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges are usually made of porcelain or ceramic materials and are supported by natural teeth, implants, or a combination of both.

Our team at Pleasant Hill Dental offers the following advice for patients considering dental bridges:

  • Talk to Dr. Zhu and his team about whether dental bridges are suitable for you. Our dentist can assist you in weighing the pros and cons of dental bridges and other treatment options.
  • Get a complete oral examination and have your teeth cleaned before doing any type of bridgework. That will help ensure that your mouth is healthy and ready for the procedure.
  • Be sure to ask Dr. Zhu about the different types of dental bridges and which one would be best for you. There are many options available, and he can help you choose the right one for your needs.
  • Be prepared to have dental bridges for a long time. With proper care, they can last for many years before being replaced.

Connect with Dr. Cheng Zhu of Pleasant Hill Dental today

If you are thinking about your options for tooth replacement, talking with a restorative dentist in the Pleasant Hill, CA area is your first step towards repair. Call our practice at (925) 692-2010 to request an appointment at 1894 Contra Costa Boulevard and speak with our friendly front office team. We welcome both new and returning patients into our general dentistry practice.

Many Happy Faces

A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.