Dental Bridges in Red Bluff

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthesis used to replace 1 or a few consecutive missing teeth. A pontic tooth is suspended in the gums to fill in the gap in the smile by two dental crowns which are placed over the supporting abutment teeth. 

When you lose a tooth, it can become more difficult to chew your food and enjoy a lot of the ordinary activities that we tend to take for granted. A dental bridge will fill in the gaps in your smile.

Bridges are fixed in place so you don’t need to remember to remove them and they look and feel just like natural teeth. Contact us at Stroing and White Dental today to schedule a consultation.

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Did you know…

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A dental bridge can last for up to 15 years with proper care.

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What to Expect From the Dental Crown Process

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We will examine your teeth to rule out oral health problems and assess the extent of your tooth loss to determine if a bridge is suitable for you.

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Pain Relief & Sedation Options

Before performing any drilling, we will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. However, if you would prefer to be sedated for the procedure, we also offer laughing gas to help you feel relaxed.

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Once we’ve numbed your mouth, a dental drill will be used to file down the two abutment teeth that will be supporting the bridge. This is a procedure used to prepare these teeth for dental crowns.

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After filing down the teeth, impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab that will create a custom-made bridge that fits perfectly over your teeth. Fabrication typically takes a few weeks.

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Temporary Bridge

After taking your impressions, you’ll be given a temporary bridge to protect your filed-down teeth and assist with daily tooth functionality until we receive your official bridge.

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Official Bridge Placement

After a few weeks, we will receive your dental bridge at the office and you can return to have it bonded in place.

Benefits of Getting a Bridge

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Prevent Shifting Teeth

A dental bridge prevents your teeth from moving in two different ways. Firstly, when you lose a tooth and don’t fill the gap, your surrounding natural teeth will begin to move and lean into the space your previous tooth used to occupy. 

By replacing the tooth with a bridge, you prevent this movement as well as the orthodontic problems that can come along with it. The other way a bridge prevents moving teeth is because it is bonded in place. No more worrying about embarrassing movement or your teeth falling out while eating or speaking.

Replace Multiple Teeth At Once

Did you know you can replace up to four consecutive teeth with a traditional bridge? However, if you receive an implant-supported bridge, you can replace all of the teeth in an arch with a bridge. This makes bridges versatile in treating minor to severe tooth loss.

Restore Tooth Functionality

The fewer teeth you have, the more difficult it becomes to speak clearly, eat your favorite foods, and maintain a normal bite alignment. When you lose teeth, you also suffer from bone loss which is irreversible and can take a toll on your face structure and even increase your risk of losing more teeth.

Improve Your Smile

Bridges don’t merely restore the structure and functionality of your teeth, but also the aesthetics of your smile. We all want to feel good when we look at ourselves in the mirror but we can’t do that when we’re feeling insecure about gaps in our smile or extensive tooth loss. 

Losing teeth can cause patients to avoid important family and social gatherings and avoid taking photos with loved ones. Improve your overall well-being along with your smile!


A dental bridge has an average lifespan of 5 to 15 years. As long as you properly care for your bridge by practicing good oral hygiene and preventing wear and tear, you can expect it to last for well over a decade. This reduces costs associated with appointments and continual replacement and it’s also less of a hassle.

Have questions about Dental Bridge? Find answers here.

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What is the purpose of a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are dental appliances used to replace missing teeth. They are made up of two or more crowns (caps) placed over adjacent teeth or implants and a false tooth in the middle. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

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Am I the right candidate for a dental bridge?

Bridges are usually used when a few teeth are missing. If you have several missing teeth, an appliance called a partial denture might be a better option. The Stroing and White Dental team will help you decide which appliance is right for you.

How are dental bridges supported?

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Dental bridges are usually supported by existing natural teeth or implants. The supporting structures for dental bridges can be made from materials such as gold, titanium, or zirconium. The type of supporting material used will depend on the bridge's location and the amount of force that needs to be supported by the dental bridge.

What is dental bridge treatment process like?

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Dr. Leah Stroing will begin the procedure with an oral assessment. This assessment helps to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. Once you and Dr. Leah have decided that a dental bridge is suitable for you, Dr. Leah will clean and prepare each side of the missing tooth's gap. The next step is to make an impression of your teeth to create a custom-fit bridge. While your new bridge is being made, Dr. Leah will allow you to wear a temporary one. Once your new bridge is ready, you will need to come in for a second appointment to install your new dental bridge. During this appointment, your bridge will be checked for fit and then bonded into place. Once in place, your permanent bridge should last for many years with proper care.
Special technology shapes and cuts the implants into the correct length. Then, we make an incision into your gums and use a dental drill to implant the titanium post into your jawbone. It takes 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur which is when the jawbone fuses with the implant. After that, we can attach the abutment and the restoration.

How do I care for my bridge?

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Here are some tips on how to take care of your new bridge:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Be sure to brush carefully around and under the bridge.
  • Floss daily. Use an interdental brush or floss threader to clean the under the bridge.
  • Visit our dental office regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods or ice to avoid damaging the teeth supporting the bridge.

How long will my dental bridge last?

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Most dental bridges last approximately ten years with proper brushing and flossing techniques. However, some may last even longer with good oral hygiene habits.

Are dental bridges suitable for everyone?

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No. Dental bridges are not suitable for everyone. Dr. Leah will assess your mouth and determine if a dental bridge is ideal for you. In some cases, implants or partial dentures may be a better option.

Did you know…

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You should use an interdental brush to remove plaque from between your bridge.