About Dental Bridges
A bridge is used to cover the gap of a missing tooth and is usually connected by two or more crowns. If a single tooth is missing, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth will have caps (crowns), and the missing tooth will be replaced with a false tooth that is often made of various materials and referred to as a pontic. Together the pontic and crowns create a bridge to provide support for the missing tooth or teeth. There are 3 types of bridges: traditional, cantilever, and removable bridges offered at our office. The traditional bridge is one that is surrounded completely by crowns on either side. The cantilever is a bridge that is held in place by only one crown on its side, typically used for front teeth that require less support. Removable bridges are temporary fixes that are more cost-effective but require more hygiene and maintenance. During your exam at Emigh Dental Care, our dentists will be able to examine your condition and review the differences between the various bridges to determine which one is best for you. Call our Long Beach, CA practice today to schedule an exam for a dental bridge today.
"The front staff at Emigh Dental Care is very friendly and welcoming. There's even water and apple juice while you wait. The waiting room is open and comfy! There's also ample parking in the parking structure! I had my first examination with Dr. Reel today. She was warm, open and friendly! Freddy, the DA escorted me back to the exam room and explained everything thoroughly. I did share that I was worried about my teeth because I haven't had dental care in about 3 years (no dental insurance). After 3 years with no dental care, I have just 1 cavity. After seeing Dr. Reel, Freddy took me to see hygienist, Tammy. Like Dr. Reel, Tammy was warm and friendly. She explained all the things that were to come for my cleaning and the importance of flossing. On 9/17 my 2 year old son and husband saw Dr. Todd. Dr. Todd thoroughly answered all our questions re: jaw surgery for my husband and referred him to an orthodontist. Although my 2 year old son didn't cooperate by opening his mouth, Dr. Todd was able to entertain and make my son feel comfortable. Maybe next time, Dr. Todd will get to take a look at my son's teeth. I look forward to getting my cavity fixed and my next cleaning. Thanks Emigh Dental Care!"- N.S. / Yelp / Sep 21, 2018
"I highly recommend Emigh Dental. I have been coming to this office my entire life as well as most of my family and extended family. The entire staff is amazing. The hygienists are gentle, and Dr. Pat and Dr. Todd are seriously the best. My kids actually look forward to their visits."- J.G. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Very good experience in this dental. I had a deep teeth cleaning yesterday. The dentist was very gentle,she didn't hurt me at all."- Z.M. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Emigh Dental Care is hands down the best Dental facility I have been to! The atmosphere is friendly, clean and comfortable. Bailey, my dental hygienist, is professional, kind and always does an amazing job!! Dr. Pat has a very professional and friendly demeanor. He thoroughly explained everything to me and made sure I was comfortable. I'm so happy to find them, thank you for your excellent care!!!"- A.H. / Yelp / Sep 16, 2018
"This place truly knows the meaning of customer service, I'm very impressed by the professionalism of the staff. I'm a new client and had to have a filling replaced that had fallen out of one of my back molars. I had an issue at my first visit, the first time they tried to refill it (it took two tries in the office) and then it fell out again, about an hour after I got home. When I came back to get it refilled again, I was not comfortable having the same dentist working on it because she had trouble getting it right the first time. I asked to see someone else. When I came back I was taken care of by Dr. Todd. He was very pleasant and made me feel at ease as soon as I arrived. He's an extremely caring person and more than qualified to fix this hard to fill filling. He not only fixed my tooth but he reassured me that the other dentist was also more than qualified to help me, but that he wanted to make sure I felt comfortable with the service I received. I absolutely love this place and how they treated me, they never made me feel weird for asking for another dentist to fix the issue. If you are searching for excellent dentists who provide impeccable care in a clean and friendly environment with a staff that really values the concept of customer service, I highly recommend the good people at Emigh Dental Care. I like them so much that I referred my fiancé to them too. Try Emigh Dental Care, you will not be disappointed."- S.V. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2018
What to Expect
Preparing and placing a dental bridge usually takes at least 2 appointments at our office. During the first visit, our dentists will prepare the abutment teeth by filing them down to make room for the dental crowns. After the teeth are prepared, our dentists will take impressions of the teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where experts will create a bridge, including the pontic and surrounding crowns, for the abutment teeth. While the permanent bridge is being created, our dentists will place a temporary bridge over the patient's teeth for protection. Once the custom-made bridge is returned to our office, we will remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge into place. Our dentists will check and adjust the bridge to give patients the best fit, but they may need to return in a few weeks to have their fit and bite re-checked.
Dental bridges can last 5 – 15 years, or longer with proper home came and regular exams and cleanings by our office. Patients can keep their bridges and natural teeth healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Patients should make annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings with our office to ensure the bridge is clean and in good condition.
Plan Your Procedure
Fix Smile Gaps
If you avoid smiling to hide a gap in your teeth, call our office to schedule an exam and learn about dental bridges and if they are right for you. Our dentists can tell you if a dental bridge can improve the appearance of your smile and give you a healthier mouth.