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Dental Bridges

Missing a tooth or several teeth can negatively impact your quality of life and impair your ability to speak or chew. 

Dr. David Garate and Dr. Myriam Falcon can restore these functions and your quality of life using dental bridges.

Learn how Perfect Smiles California in Chula Vista, CA, can save your smile with beautifully crafted dental bridges.

What Are Dental Bridges? 

Dental bridges are a form of restorative dentistry that can replace several consecutive teeth with a single restoration.

Dental bridges usually consist of replacement teeth (pontics) that fill in the gaps left behind by missing teeth. The pontics are supported by dental crowns that are attached to neighboring teeth or by a dental implant, a small post that is inserted into the jaw.

Most bridges use natural-looking materials like porcelain to beautifully mimic the luster of a natural tooth. At Perfect Smiles California, our dentists excel at creating bridges out of high-end dental materials that are known for their excellent strength and appealing esthetics, such as BruxZir® Full-Strength Zirconia​ and Ivoclar Vivadent's IPS e.max® Prime Esthetic.
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Dental bridges are a great way for patients to fill the gaps in their smiles while preserving their remaining natural teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges 

Restore Functionality

Eating or speaking with a missing tooth can be a challenge. Bridges help restore these abilities so you can focus on your daily activities. 

Balance Your Bite

Dental bridges help distribute the pressure from chewing more evenly in your mouth so you don't wear down teeth prematurely due to uneven stresses.

Provide Muscle Support 

Your facial muscles depend on your teeth for structural support, so missing teeth can lead to sagging in your face or a change in your lip line. Dental bridges can replace missing teeth and help maintain the shape of your face. 

Long Lifespan 

Dental bridges are a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. When properly cared for a bridge can last for 10 or 15 years, or longer. 

Money-Saving 

When a tooth is missing, your surrounding teeth can move out of position. This in turn causes new dental problems. Bridges can keep your teeth from shifting and let you avoid the extra costs that typically occur when a misaligned bite causes uneven wear on teeth.

Our Worry-Free Warranty

We only use the best dentistry and materials for our dental bridges. We're so confident in the quality of our work that we offer a worry-free two-year warranty to guarantee your results. Patients can also upgrade from the free warranty to a five-year plan to provide the ultimate sense of security for their new smile.

Types of Dental Bridges 

Traditional

A traditional bridge requires patients to have solid, healthy natural teeth remaining on either side to support it. While a traditional bridge lets you keep your natural teeth, the abutment teeth supporting the bridge will need to have some enamel removed to make room for the crowns. Since traditional bridges need a strong tooth on either side of the gap, they can't be used in all areas of the mouth. For example, a traditional bridge would not be able to replace the last few teeth in the back row since there would be nothing to attach to on one side.  

Implant-Supported 

Implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants inserted into the jaw instead of neighboring teeth. Implant-based replacements are often the most stable, natural-feeling restorations. They are also the only restoration that stimulates bone growth, which prevents the jaw from deteriorating due to missing teeth. Implant-supported crowns can be used in the back of the mouth, but their placement depends on bone density and other factors. Implant-based treatments require a longer healing time and also tend to cost more. 

Dental Bridge Timeline

By replacing up to three consecutive teeth at a time, bridges can be a cost-effective way to restore your smile. 

Procedure Steps

By replacing up to three consecutive teeth at a time, bridges can be a cost-effective way to restore your smile. 

Consultation

The first step always begins with a consultation where our dentists can examine your mouth and create a treatment plan to match your needs. We will discuss your options and whether dental bridges are the right treatment for you. 

Implants (Optional)

You can choose to receive dental implants in preparation for an implant-supported bridge. Implant placement requires a surgical procedure and an extended healing period so the implants can successfully fuse with your jawbone. You must fully heal before moving on to the next step. 

Abutments 

If you choose a traditional bridge, our dentist will reshape each tooth that's adjacent to the treatment site in order to make room for the restoration. We will then make an accurate impression of your teeth using our advanced 3D scanning technology.

Crafting

Our US lab partners will use the impression to craft your dental bridge, which will match the color and shape of your natural teeth to form a seamless smile. In the meantime, we will craft a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the treatment site. We will use dental cement to secure the temporary restoration in place. 

Placement 

Once we receive your customized bridge from our lab, our dentist will remove the temporary restoration and place your custom bridge. We will test the fit and make any necessary adjustments. Once everyone is satisfied, we will cement the bridge in place. If you are getting implant-supported bridges our dentist will attach the bridge to your implants using connector pieces called abutments.

We draw patients from National City, Chula Vista, and throughout San Diego.

"Professional and courteous" 

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Rudy Sanchez

2022

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Very professional and courteous Assistants and staff. Excellent response and removal. I am going back for more work as soon as possible. I would highly recommend this Dentistry, it’s Doctors, Assistant’s and overall Staff.

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Linda Manguy

2022

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Dr. Falcon and her wonderful staff has been the best dentist I have ever gone to. The office is clean, staff is professional and inviting, and efficient! For every appointment, I never have to wait to be seen. I always look forward to my visits!

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The team at Perfect Smile California

Perfect Smiles California

Our dentists use the latest technology and innovative techniques to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles and optimal oral health. Our doctors are affiliated with professional associations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Diego County Dental Society

To schedule an appointment at our Chula Vista, CA, dental office, contact us online or call (619) 656-4199.

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