Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


The Bridge to Better Teeth, The Dental Bridge



What is a bridge for, anyhow?

Some might say to cross a deep ravine, while others say to “get over a river” or “cross the bay!” or even simply to “Get over the 405 in Fountain Valley”. These things are all true. A bridge can be many things, but at its core it’s the most direct route over an obstacle, and in the direction that you want to go. For that reason, the dental bridge is one of the most important and widely used procedures in modern dentistry.

Here in our Garden Grove dental clinic, we regularly provide patients with the dental bridges. Dental bridges are called this because they are actually just like a bridge and are typically recommended when you’re missing one or more of your teeth. Because of the gaps that remain in their place, the lack of support can cause other adjacent teeth to shift and move, which can cause an improper bite. A bridge uses these teeth to serve as “supports” for the bridge. Between these two anchors, a replacement tooth is inserted and attached to crowns that will be places over the supporting teeth.

So, a bridge requires a crown?

In most cases yes. After all, who makes the bridge possible but the government? (A little trick to remember the relationship by). A crown is used to “cap” the teeth used to anchor your bridge. They’re also used to strengthen damaged teeth, improve appearance, and correct alignment or shape.  Crowns are often ceramic or porcelain, with modern science adding the ability to match the color of your natural teeth. In addition to porcelain and ceramic, crowns are also available in gold, acrylic, and metal alloys. Every material has its own advantages and disadvantages ranging from cost and longevity to aesthetics and compatibility with the patient.

Do dental bridges last forever?

With the proper care, yes! Dental crowns and bridges can indeed last a lifetime. However, accidents do happen and they can sometimes fall out. The best thing to do to protect your investment (and your newly improved smile) is to follow your dentist’s suggestions and practice good oral hygiene. By keeping your teeth and gums healthy (by flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste), you drastically improve the chance of never having to worry about these particular teeth again.



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