Dental bridges are one of the most well known methods for replacing missing teeth. Made of a false crown suspended between two functional crowns, the prosthesis “bridges” the gap of a missing tooth between the two adjacent teeth.

The Need for Bridges

A bridge not only replaces your missing tooth, it also preserves the natural biting patterns throughout your mouth. When you have a missing tooth, other teeth may shift or lean into the empty space. Even the teeth on the opposite arch may seem to “erupt” further out of the socket to find something to bite against. This creates a chain reaction throughout the mouth, leading to complex bite changes and aesthetic concerns. Bridges act as a placeholder, preventing tooth movement caused by missing teeth.

Traditional Bridges

Most dental bridges are placed over adjacent teeth for support. This requires prepping the support teeth the same way we would for a dental crown. If a healthy tooth is not present, then the bridge cannot be placed, as there is nothing to support it.

The bridge treatment process usually takes at least two visits to complete – one for the preparation process and the other to deliver the permanent bridge. We use one of the best dental laboratories in the area to create a customized bridge that implements our strict design protocol.

Implant Bridges

Bridges can also be placed on top of permanent dental implants. Because a traditional bridge is limited in the length of space it can span, most bridges replace only one or two missing teeth. However, an implant bridge is supported on each end by an actual implant. This means you can replace 3 or 4 teeth at a time. Being that implant bridges require no natural teeth for the treatment, they are an excellent choice in areas where healthy support teeth are not present. Implants can last for an entire lifetime and are one of the most reliable ways to replace missing teeth.

Caring for Your Bridge

To keep the area around your bridge healthy (and extend the life of your restoration,) it’s important to know how to clean around it properly. Otherwise gum disease or tooth decay could impact the supporting teeth and cause failure of the bridge. We recommend using a floss threader or water flosser to clean under and around your bridge at least once a day. Brush the outer surfaces normally, with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.

If you suffer from clenching or bruxism, you may want to consider wearing a bite splint to prevent damage to your new bridge.

Is a bridge right for you? At Marconi Dental Group we use quality grade porcelain that not only enhances your bite’s function, it also compliments the aesthetics of your smile. If comfort is a concern, no problem – ask about our sedation dentistry options. We’ll help you relax throughout your entire procedure so that it will be a positive experience. Schedule a visit with us today to find out if a bridge is what your smile needs.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.