About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is used to fill in a gap created by one or several missing teeth. Dr. Allred performs this procedure by using a false tooth that is securely attached to a crown placed over the natural tooth. There are three main types of dental bridges: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges. For a traditional bridge, a false tooth is surrounded by dental crowns on each side. In a cantilever bridge, the false tooth is anchored by a crown on only one side. With a Maryland bridge, also known as a resin-bonded bridge, the false tooth is supported by wings or framework bonding to the surrounding natural teeth. At Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA, we make custom dental bridges for our patients at our in-house dental laboratory.
"I had such a wonderful experience at Allred dental. Dr. Allred and his staff are super friendly and attentive they made me feel totally relaxed which is pretty rare for being at a dentist office. I was actually a little nervous going in for my procedure because I was scared it was going to be painful. In the contrary I felt no pain and they were finished before I knew it. It was great!! I would highly recommend Allred dental to anyone needing dental services."- C.C. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
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"Dr. Allred is amazing at what he does. I didn't even feel the shots and he banged out 8 cavities in one sitting for me. It was impressive to say the least. Thanks Jeff!"- E.A. / Yelp / Oct 01, 2017
"My new Dentist 100%. I rarely give reviews online. I have to say Dr, Allred and the staff have welcomed me into this office. They are talented and friendly. office is updated with modern machines and tools and other nice high tech tools."- E.G. / Google / Jul 21, 2017
"I've had a lot of experience with dentists and Dr. Allred is the best I've been to. He is gentle, professional and does beautiful work. He also has what seems to me to be the latest in equipment. If you're a little neurotic (or a lot as I am) about dental visits, then this is the place for you. His staff without exception are great. They are very helpful and knowledgable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Allred to my family and friends."- B. / Google / Jun 21, 2017
What to Expect
To prepare the teeth for the bridge, Dr. Allred will file down the abutment teeth to create enough room for the crown. Once the teeth are ready, Dr. Allred will take digital x-rays and impressions that will be sent to our in-house dental laboratory where the permanent bridge is made. Dr. Allred will cover the patient's teeth with temporary crowns for protection until the permanent bridge is ready. Once the bridge is created, Dr. Allred will attach the bridge and adjust the fit for ideal comfort and appearance.
With proper home care and regular visits 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, Dr. Allred will check the condition of your bridge and let you know when it is time for a replacement.
If you have dental insurance, some or most of the cost of your dental bridge may be covered depending on your carrier and specific coverage. Our office will coordinate with your insurance to minimize your personal cost. We also accept many payment options and offer financing for our dental procedures.
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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 our team at Allred Dental 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.