A dental bridge is a fake tooth cemented into a gap attached to and held into place by a crown or implant on each side of the gap. This treatment is often used to restore the aesthetic and function of missing or lost teeth.
A bridge is similar to dentures or dental implants in that they replace missing teeth, however, where dentures can be placed and removed in the mouth, a dental bridge or implant is a permanent prosthetic that can only be placed or removed by a dentist. Unlike dentures, implants and bridges offer a more comfortable experience that is much closer to having natural teeth. A fixed bridge or implant is also useful for preventing the degradation of bone in the face and jaw.
During the dental bridge procedure, dental crowns are placed on the teeth (called “abutments”) surrounding the gap in order to act as anchors for the replacement tooth (called the “pontic”). This structure is cemented over the gap and leaves a natural, clean look in your mouth. With proper, daily care for your oral hygiene, a dental bridge can easily last over a decade.
The dental bridge procedure is typically a multi visit process. The first visit usually involves just the preparation of the surrounding teeth. We will get the abutment teeth ready for the bridge by removing a part of the enamel, then a mold of the local surroundings can be taken. From this mold, the replacement tooth and crowns can be created within the same day. We will install a temporary bridge for you to wear while you wait for the permanent bridge to be made. The purpose of the temporary bridge will be to protect the area from infection and bacteria and should only be used for a few days.
During the second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge, and then check that the new bridge fits the area and is a comfortable fit. We will make any modifications to the permanent bridge to make sure that the fit is snug. The permanent bridge can then be placed and cemented into your mouth.
A third visit may be recommended as a checkup to make sure that the bridge is comfortable and has set well. Beyond this, further adjustments are usually not necessary for years.
Dental Bridge Case Studies
This woman is a success story by any measure. This dental work was a result of an accident earlier in life where her teeth were knocked out. She had worn a removable partial for over ten years. I made a fixed half arch bridge. She owns her own retail parts business. A lost out of town person came into her business for directions; after receiving directions, he complemented how beautiful her teeth were. This lost dentist paid me the highest complement possible. She replied,” thank you but they are not mine, they were made by Doctor Carson. ” I wish I could have been there to catch his surprise.
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At Carson & Carson, we want to help you look your best. A dental bridge can give your mouth a more natural look and restore the function of missing teeth. Take a look at some of our case studies below. If you would like to know more about getting a dental bridge, or are in need of dental work, then call us today and setup an appointment. You can reach our Oxnard office at 805-983-0717. Carson & Carson, DDS is one of the most experienced dental offices in all of Ventura County with over 45 years of serving patients affordable dental care.
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
A dentist that truly understands how much the whole dental trip petrifies me - and helps me overcome it. For the first time, and certainly not the last, he used nitros oxide and I can honestly say I can look at future visits without abject terror. No more waiting until the tooth needs pulled! I may even get my teeth cleaned.
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!
This dental office is beyond professional. A landmark of our city, to say the least. Dr. Carson has been serving our community for quite some time, with true care and concern for his patients. If you want a true dental experience, then I would highly advise you to make an appointment with them 🙂
Dr. Derek, you have a hand and a heart of gold. That spirit of help that you have is praiseworthy. I'm amazed at all the treatment you've done and I feel no pain after, not even the pain of the anesthesia sting, I say with propriety because I am very sensitive to pain. Congratulations on your work that loves what you do so you have been successful, not counting on your last generation machine that I do not know how to explain. Much gratitude, you're the best.
Today I had a procedure wisdoms teeth extracted with Dr Derek Carson. All staff it was the kindest people ever they stayed room and for the all time asking how I was feeling. The Dr was absolutely amazing! I had several shots and no leave one I feel it and about the extraction when I was thinking he will start it he ready did the extraction out me feeling any pain absolutely any discomfort. I had rest of my day as a normal day and not swallowing.I really want to thank you Dr Derek Carson to be an amazing Dentist so gentle and very professional with absolutely confidentiality.I highly recommended this office if you need to visit just for your regular cleaning or any procedure. Thank you very much!
Both doctors, father and son (Dr. Leroy and Dr. Derek), are the best of the best. I have been to different dentists due to change on my insurance coverage, but i keep coming back to Carson and Carson (even if it means paying out of pocket) because they take care of the issues others can not or are not willing to. Furthermore, the staff is truly amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. I am in good hands, my family's hands.
Both doctors, father and son (Dr. Leroy and Dr. Derek), are the best of the best. I have been to different dentists due to change on my insurance coverage, but i keep coming back to Carson and Carson (even if it means paying out of pocket,) because they take care of the issues others can not or are not willing to. To be honest, their fees are actually low and their work far superior compared to other dentists. Furthermore, the staff is truly amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. I am in good hands, my family's hands.