Bridges Specialist

Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Los Gatos, CA

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Bridges services offered in Los Gatos, CA
If you lose one or several permanent teeth, a dental bridge can return your smile to its near-original condition and reduce the risk of complications. At Los Gatos Dental, general and cosmetic dentist Tyler Young, DDS, and the team use dental bridges to rehabilitate smiles and encourage optimal oral health. To make an appointment, call the office in Los Gatos, California, or click the online booking feature today.
Bridges Q & A

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is a restoration that fills a gap where one or more permanent teeth used to be. Bridges are fixed appliances, meaning they’re cemented in place. They feature an artificial tooth (or teeth), allowing you to bite, chew, and speak confidently.

Who is a candidate for a dental bridge?

You’re probably a candidate for a dental bridge if you’re missing one or more permanent teeth. That’s especially true if you experience:

  • Bite problems
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Tooth or jaw pain
  • Sensitive gums

After an oral exam, a review of your dental records, and a series of digital X-rays, your Los Gatos Dental provider can make recommendations that align with your needs.

What is the process for getting dental bridges?

Getting a dental bridge at Los Gatos Dental requires several steps:

Preparing your abutment teeth

If your dentist determines you can benefit from a bridge, they prepare your abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile). Your provider removes a thin layer of enamel from each tooth, so there’s room for a dental crown.


Next, your provider takes impressions of your mouth. A dental laboratory uses your impressions to create a custom bridge. You wear a temporary bridge in the meantime that protects your mouth and allows you to bite and chew.

Permanent bridge placement

About a week later, you return to Los Gatos Dental. Your provider replaces the temporary bridge with the permanent one and carefully bonds it in place. Then, they run several tests to ensure your bridge fits perfectly.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Dental bridges provide a variety of benefits, including:

  • A more attractive smile
  • Reduced risk of gum recession
  • Easier eating and speaking
  • Improved oral health

What’s more, by practicing good oral hygiene, bridges can last 15 years* or more. They’re incredibly sturdy and feel and function like your natural, permanent teeth.

How do I care for a dental bridge?

You take care of a dental bridge like you would your natural teeth. The team at Los Gatos Dental recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office at least two times a year for professional teeth cleaning and an oral exam.

To learn more about the benefits of dental bridges, make an appointment at Los Gatos Dental by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today. 

*Individual results may vary.