A dental bridge is when there is a gap between two teeth that is fixed by cementing a fake tooth into the gap. This is similar to dentures and dental implants in that they replace areas with 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 and removed by a dentist. A fixed bridge can correct facial structure and improve your self confidence.
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 oral hygiene, the bridge can last over a decade or longer.
If you feel like you may be a candidate for the dental bridge procedure, we encourage you to call the Oxnard dental practice of Carson& Carson, DDS. and speak with one of our dental physicians. We will take an honest look at your situation and advise you about whether a dental bridge is the best option. Click on the button below to request an appointment, or call 805-983-0717.Request an Appointment
Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridge procedure is a multi visit process. The first visit will be preparatory. We will get the abutment teeth ready for the bridge by removing a part of the enamel. Then a mold of the area will be taken. From this mold, the replacement tooth and crowns will be created. We will install a temporary bridge for you to wear while you wait for the permanent bridge to be made. The temporary bridge will protect the area from infection and bacteria.
During the second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge, and then check that the new bridge fits the area and is comfortable. We will make any modifications to the permanent bridge to make sure that it is the right fit. We will then place it in the area and cement it in.
A third visit may be recommended as a checkup to make sure that the bridge is comfortable and has set well. We can make further adjustments as necessary.
At Carson & Carson, we want to help you look your best. A dental bridge can make your mouth look more natural and has given prior of clients more confidence they did not have when they had missing teeth. Take a look at some of the previous work we have done below and if you would like to know more about getting a dental bridge, or are in need of dental work, know that you will be treated with respect and care during your visit with us. Call us today and setup an appointment. You can reach our Oxnard office at 805-983-0717.
Some of the work we’ve performed over the last 45 years
This case is a typical porcelain fused to high noble metal coping restoration. By this patient being very young, the cosmetic result changed this man’s social life. His aunt and uncle paid for the dental work as a gift; a gift resulting in a new relationship in his life.
We did this cantilever bridge about two and a half decades ago. He was my lab technician’s best friend back then.
We did this case recently, which required a great deal of colorization.
This case was done about twenty five years ago. The patient was lucky to get out of a gang assault with his life. We had to reconstruct both upper and lower anterior (front) teeth with porcelain fuse to metal crowns and root canals. His children should be about the same age now as he was then.
This case is about sixteen years old. He was missing every other upper tooth. We did a very difficult continuous whole arch bridge. It is very difficult to get a casting that size to fit perfect. As you can see, it took two tries. John out lived his only wife, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. John was taken by lymphoma, a cancer, about eight years ago. He appreciated what I did for his cosmetic appearance in his final years of life.
This lady 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.
This case was a fixed bridge on the upper left and two porcelain veneers on the central incisors. He was married to one of my dental assistance’s best friend.
This patient returned to me last week after thirteen years, and several other dentist. His bridge looks better than his own teeth after a decade. A perfect example of a fixed bridge.
This rocket and electrical engineer now lives in Texas. He designs electric motors. With his new lower bridge, I changed his appearance enough to change his cosmetic social acceptance.
Today, dental inlays are the rage in aesthetic dentistry offices. I did this case 20 years ago. Insurance companies don’t want to pay for porcelain dental inlays and porcelain onlays. Dental inlays occupy the position between fillings and full porcelain crowns.