South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists & Restorative Cosmetic Dentist located in Torrance, CA

Your mouth was designed to have all of its teeth working together in harmony, and when you’re missing a tooth, it can be detrimental to your overall oral health. If you need to replace a missing tooth, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team of dental professionals at South Bay Prosthodontics can make your smile healthy and beautiful again with a high-quality bridge. To learn more, schedule a visit to their clinic in Torrance, California, by calling the office.

Bridges Q & A

What is a bridge?

A traditional bridge is a fixed prosthetic appliance that replaces a missing tooth in your smile. It’s composed of an artificial tooth (called a pontic) attached to a dental crown on either side. 

The crowns are permanently sealed to the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth, leaving the pontic to literally “bridge” the gap between your teeth. 

Some patients’ teeth aren’t healthy enough to support the crowns on either side of a bridge’s pontic, in which case the team at South Bay Prosthodontics might recommend an alternative bridge. 

A cantilever bridge only has one crown attached to its pontic, while the pontic in a Maryland bonded bridge is held in place by a metal framework sealed to the backside of the adjacent teeth. 

Why should I get a bridge?

Missing teeth do more than just detract from the appearance of your smile. They can actually cause a number of health problems. By filling in your missing teeth, a bridge can:

  • Distribute the force in your bite more evenly
  • Make it easier for you to chew and speak
  • Keep your natural teeth from shifting out of place

Your mouth was designed to work with all of its teeth functioning together in harmony. A bridge restores that natural design and improves the function and health of your smile.

How do I get a bridge?

The team at South Bay Prosthodontics applies your bridge in two easy office visits. 

Unless you’re supporting your bridge with dental implants or getting a Maryland bridge, your prosthodontist prepares your abutment teeth on your first visit. 

Your dentist numbs the area and the surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic, then shaves off some enamel to make room for the bridge’s crowns.

After your provider has prepared your abutment teeth, they make an impression of your mouth and send it to the in-house lab that designs your bridge to fit perfectly in your smile. 

They fit you with a temporary bridge to wear while you wait for your permanent restoration to come back from the lab.

You come back for a second appointment once your permanent bridge is ready. Your prosthodontist removes your temporary bridge, cleans your mouth, and places your permanent restoration. 

If everything is perfect, your provider permanently seals it with dental cement and sends you out into the world with a smile that you’ll be proud to show off.

Schedule a consultation today with South Bay Prosthodontics by phone and make your smile whole and beautiful again.