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If you have experienced tooth loss, you may be considering your tooth replacement options and trying to determine which one is right for you. At Shadowridge Dental Group in San Marcos, CA, we provide several different options for replacing missing teeth so that we can meet a wide range of patient needs. For patients missing one or more teeth in a row, a fixed dental bridge can be an effective way to restore both the appearance and function of their smile. In addition, we use modern dental materials and techniques to replace old or worn out bridges for a more natural-looking appearance and better fit for improved oral health.

Bridging the gap after tooth loss

A dental bridge is designed to replace one or several missing teeth that are adjacent to each other. It consists of replacement teeth that “bridge” the gap, and a method for anchoring the false teeth in place – typically either crowns on the adjacent teeth or dental implants. A porcelain bridge has a natural appearance and with good home care, can last for many years. In addition, options such as porcelain-fused-to-metal bridges make them even more durable and are a great choice for molars that must withstand greater chewing forces when you eat. Dental bridges are:

  • Versatile, with multiple options for materials and how the bridge is secured in your mouth
  • An economical way to replace multiple missing teeth
  • Effective at restoring your smile and your self-confidence

Getting a bridge placed

Getting a fixed dental bridge is a multi-step process that is tailored to your specific needs. As a first step, we prepare your teeth for the placement of the dental bridge. If you are getting a traditional fixed bridge, this means preparing the neighboring teeth to have dental crowns placed on top; if you are getting an implant-supported bridge, you will have the dental implants surgically placed in your jaw bone. We will also take dental impressions of the area so that your customized bridge can be fabricated to our precise specifications in a dental laboratory.  

The next step is placing the dental bridge when it is ready. We will first try on the bridge to ensure that it fits properly, which is important for your oral health because it makes it easier to take care of your neighboring teeth. Once you and the dentist agree that it looks, fits, and feels great, they will secure it in your mouth by affixing it with either dental crowns or your dental implants.

Personalized dental care

If you are interested in learning more about your options to fix missing teeth or have any questions about whether a fixed dental bridge is right for you, call Shadowridge Dental Group at (760) 284-8111.

today! In an in-depth, personalized consultation, our dental team will evaluate your current oral health and talk with you about your treatment goals and preferences to help you decide on the best tooth replacement choice for your unique needs. Our office is conveniently located in San Marcos, CA and we serve patients from the Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, Encinitas, and neighboring areas.