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Bridging the gap with a dental bridge in San Francisco

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The gap left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to drift, which can affect the bite, cause jaw soreness, and cause excessive wear on the opposing teeth. Additionally, the drifting teeth can create new places for plaque to be trapped, increasing the risk of periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay. Dental bridges serve a cosmetic purpose as well, filling in the gaps in your smile. Dental Implants are preferred by many patients for the replacement of missing teeth; however, dental bridges are initially more economical for those on a tight budget. Three forms of dental bridges are in use today:

  • Traditional fixed bridge – A traditional dental bridge is a replacement tooth (pontic) connected between two dental crowns, filling the gap left by a missing tooth. The crowns are cemented over the prepared teeth (abutment teeth) adjacent to the gap. This is termed a fixed bridge, as it is not removable, unlike a partial denture that is removable. A fixed bridge can be used to replace one or more teeth that have been lost.
  • Cantilever bridge – This style of bridge can be cemented to only one prepared abutment tooth. It can be used when there are anchoring abutment teeth only on one side of the gap.
  • Maryland dental bridge – Also called a resin-bonded or Maryland bonded bridge, it is mainly used on front teeth that do not sustain the biting pressure that back teeth do. The replacement tooth is connected to metal or porcelain wings, which are then bonded to the adjacent abutment teeth with resin cement. A Maryland bridge requires less abutment tooth reduction for placement.

There are several materials used in the making of dental bridges: porcelain and metal, porcelain and gold, or high strength materials such as alumina or zirconia or all metal/gold. Several aspects determine which material should be used, such as position in the mouth, budget, and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), among other factors.

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Dr. Leo Arellano and his gentle, caring dental team are dedicated to providing exceptional dental care. They listen and understand their patient’s needs, desires, and financial limitations. They work with them to determine the best treatment plan and financial arrangements for their specific situation. To schedule a consultation, call 415-881-4343, or stop by 3030 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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