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When Do I Need A Bridge?
Bridges are recommended as a method to replace a missing tooth or teeth. When a tooth is lost, it changes the balance of forces that in turn causes the surrounding teeth to move. Not only does a missing tooth not look good, but the loss of support of your lips and cheeks can also affect your appearance.
What Are the Different Types of Bridges?
As its name implies, a conventional bridge connects two or more teeth together so that the space is filled with artificial teeth called pontics. There are different ways to connect these pontics to the adjacent teeth. The most common method is to connect the pontics between two crowns that are then securely cemented onto the adjacent teeth. This requires that the adjacent teeth be prepared or ground down to fit the type of connection used - in this case, for crowns. The best connection for your particular situation can be determined with the help of your dentist. Sometimes even connecting a pontic to only one tooth can be appropriate.
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Dr. Arellano and his staff are consummate professionals. I've been a patient there for many years and found that the quality and attentiveness of the work they perform is exemplary. I drive from Marin to see Dr. Arellano.
What Other Choices Do I Have to Replace a Missing Tooth or Teeth?
Fixed bridges are not meant to be removed since they are securely cemented into place. Removable bridges, more commonly known as removable partial dentures, are meant to come out. Finally, dental implants have quickly become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth since they do not require that the adjacent teeth be ground down.
What Are the Advantages of Bridges?
Until the advent of dental implants, bridges were considered the best way to replace missing teeth because they closely duplicated the feel and function of your natural teeth.
What Are the Disadvantages of Bridges?
The current trend in dentistry is to avoid connecting teeth together. Not only does this make it harder to keep your teeth clean, but if only one part of the bridge fails, then the whole bridge needs to be replaced.
A bridge is aa nonsurgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that las ta lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge might be right for you.
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.
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.
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.