Gateway Smiles & Implant Center

Dental Implant Specialists & General Dentists located in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, CA

When you lose teeth due to oral decay or injury, bridges can revitalize your smile. At Gateway Smiles & Implant Center, Dr. Azita Vakili and Dr. Meeve Chie offer procedures to install durable, porcelain bridges cemented to your surrounding teeth. They are custom-made to match the color of your natural teeth and bring back your gleaming smile. Call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at the Poway, California, office to learn more.

Bridges Q & A

Gateway Smiles & Implant Center

What are bridges?

Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that look and feel like natural teeth. They are made using impressions of your teeth and are bonded to your existing natural teeth or bone to fill in gaps created by missing teeth.

They aren’t removable like dentures supported by implants, which you can take out and clean daily. Because they’re cemented onto existing structures, bridges can only be removed by your dentist.

Why do I need bridges for missing teeth?

Bridges are most commonly recommended if you're missing one or several teeth. Missing teeth not only affect your appearance, but they can also have oral health ramifications. Gaps in your smile cause remaining teeth to shift into the empty spaces, leading to a bad bite. The imbalance of missing teeth can also cause gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

How do bridges work?

Bridges span the space where your teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to your natural teeth or implants surrounding the gap. These teeth or implants, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge, holding it in place.

Your dentist takes images of your teeth with models, photographs, and X-rays. They send the data off to a lab where a technician crafts your sturdy, natural-looking porcelain bridges.

At a second appointment, your dentist cements your bridges into place, fixing your smile.

How long do bridges last?

Your bridges can and should last for the rest of your life. However, in some cases, they do come loose or fall out entirely. The best way to ensure your bridges last long is to maintain good oral hygiene.  

Bridges can lose support if the bone holding them in place or your teeth suffer from oral health issues like decay or infection. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy by brushing, flossing, and eating a balanced, low-sugar diet can help immensely. Also, make sure to continue your regular visits at Gateway Smiles & Implant Center for routine checkups and professional cleanings.

Another way you can prevent damage to your bridges is by trying to limit or avoid chewing hard foods like ice or certain candies.

If you’re missing one or more teeth and think you may be a good candidate for bridges, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at the Poway, California, office.