About Dental Bridges
A bridge is an effective way to fill in unwanted gaps in the teeth, offering long-lasting restoration and cosmetic improvement to a patient's smile. Beachwood Dental's team of dentists offers 3 different dental bridging options for their Los Alamitos, CA patients. The first and most common kind of bridge used is the fixed bridge, which uses a false tooth, called a pontic, to fill the gap while 2 crowns are placed on the existing teeth around it in order to anchor the pontic in place for a secure, long-lasting result. Another option offered is the cantilever bridge that is implanted and secured on only one side. This option is typically only used on areas like the front teeth that undergo less movement and pressure. A third, more cost-effective, option that is available is the removable bridge, which is the least secure and requires more maintenance and upkeep in order for it to produce long-lasting results. Our team of highly-practiced dentists can consult with each patient individually to ensure the best option is presented to them.
"Anyone who is hesitant about these five stars review, HAVE NO FEAR. I would 10/10 recommend this clinic to ANYONE who asks (or doesn't). I was in town for my wedding and I visited my dentist in the area to get my final Invisalign check/retainers. I also wanted to straighten out my front tooth because it had chipped in the Invisalign process since I used to bite my nails. It made me super self conscious especially since I was going to be taking a ton of photos for my wedding this weekend and it had been bothering me since I got my attachments taken off. I had asked my dental clinic if they could even it out, but the dentist was not in so they weren't able to do anything for me... I was definitely 110% freaking out and so so sad. My dental office referred me to Beachwood Dental and Dr. Todd answered the phone. He so willingly accepted me last minute and really tried to work around my hectic schedule. I was late since I was running last minute errands and didn't expect them to take me so quickly (I called Thursday early afternoon, they told me to come in later that afternoon!). They were still able to fit me in with such warm attitudes and smiles. Dr. Todd, Stacy, and everyone in the office were so lovely, really (& I definitely don't say that lightly). They were able to fix me up (I couldn't even tell the difference!!!) and sent me on my way. I am forever thankful to this awesome team and appreciate you all (even if Dr. Todd is a USC fan...GO BRUINS). Thank you, Beachwood Dental!!!!"- H.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
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"Love love BeachWood dental!! I finally have a dental family that I can call home for all mine and my husbands needs. The dentists and staff are so friendly and welcoming. They’re even calming and comforting for people like me who get nervous when I go in. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great dentist!! JullieG~"- J.G. / Google / Aug 18, 2018
"The hygienist only uses the "Scraponater" (the ultrasonic tooth cleaner/scraper) on the heavy deposits not for the whole cleaning job. That thing feels like I'm scraping my teeth on a blackboard. The cleaning job is almost always done completely by hand. Then there is the digital X-Ray machine. Precious little radiation compared to the regular kind and the view is almost 3D. Teeth all bright and shiny, quick and painless. What more can you ask for?"- D.K. / Yelp / Aug 18, 2018
What to Expect
To prepare the teeth for the bridge, our dentist will file down the supporting teeth to create enough room for the crown. Once the teeth are prepared, our dentist will take digital X-rays and impressions that will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is created. Our dentist then will cover the patient's teeth with temporary crowns for protection until the bridge is ready. Once the bridge is created, our dentist will attach the bridge and adjust the fit for ideal comfort and appearance.
With proper home care and regular visits to our dentist for professional cleanings and dental exams, dental bridges usually last 5 - 15 years or longer. A good home oral care routine includes proper brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. During future dental exams, our dentist will check the condition of the bridge and let the patient know when it is time for a replacement.
Plan Your Procedure
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Smile Without Gaps
Large spaces between teeth and missing teeth can stop you from having your best smile, so talk to one of our dentists about dental bridges to fill in gaps. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, bridges can restore the health and strength of your teeth.