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dental bridges

If you’ve lost teeth due to accident, injury, or disease, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge consists of an artificial replacement tooth, supported by neighboring crowns and "bridging" the space left by a missing tooth.

A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth. It can correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.

It's important to replace missing teeth, whether with a bridge, implant or other dental work. Without attention, missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, damaging your jaw and teeth and leading to increased dental problems like TMJ disorder. They also can be embarrassing or unsightly, leading many patients to avoid smiling and laughing. A bridge can help restore your confidence, appearance and oral health.

We're proud to offer dental bridges in Redding and Red Bluff office locations.

what to expect with dental bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It’s fixed to two surrounding teeth, called anchor teeth, with the use of crowns. There are a few different styles of bridges, and different bridge materials are available. 

Every patient’s treatment needs differ and the style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the anchor teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your teeth. If the anchor teeth aren’t strong enough for a bridge application, we may recommend treatment with an implant instead. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. Each bridge, implant, denture or replacement tooth is custom-made to match your smile and fit with your natural teeth. 

The process of getting a bridge includes preparing the anchor teeth and taking detailed impressions of your teeth. Often, you can expect to have a temporary bridge while your permanent one is being made. 

Once your permanent bridge is ready, it will be placed and bonded to your teeth. Most bridges can be expected to last from 5 to 10 years with good daily care and regular preventive cleanings from your dental hygienist.

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We’re committed to patient comfort throughout any and all procedures we perform, which is why we offer a range of sedation options. Consider learning more about our oral conscious sedation dentistry, a method which allows the patient to be awake throughout an entire procedure without experiencing any pain or discomfort.

We offer conscious sedation for all kinds of procedures, but its not the only type of sedation we can provide. To learn more about the sedation methods Moore & Pascarella makes available to patients, click here.

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