If one or a few of your teeth have fallen out, it is not just a problem with appearance — gaps in your teeth can also cause your remaining teeth to shift. This may lead to extra tension when you bite, pain when you chew, or even trouble speaking. A bridge improves the health and appearance of your smile by filling in gaps using a false tooth that is supported by either dental implants, your natural teeth, or both. At LifeTime Smiles of OC in Santa Ana, CA, experienced dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham offers custom-made bridges with high-quality materials to help give you back your smile. If you have missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abraham to learn about your treatment options with a custom bridge.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are incredible! They are very kind and made me feel comfortable during my visit. I love that they were very communicative and explained what they were doing. Misty and Anna were gentle during xrays and my cleaning. I can’t recommend them enough!"- A.C. / Yelp / Jul 30, 2021
"Dr Abraham is amazing! I’m terrified of the dentist and avoid it at all cost. But I finally realized I needed to just get it over with. He was very informative on what steps were going to take place. A dear friend referred me and honestly it was the best experience ever. I’m looking forward to fixing my issues and continuing regular care with Dr Abraham and his team. Thanks to the lovely ladies who made my experience not so frightening."- C.P. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
"I have been a patient of Life Time Smiles of OC for many many years. Everyone in the office is very nice and friendly. The office is clean and welcoming. I don’t have any problems with my teeth. So I only see them twice a year. Thankyou life time smiles for keeping me smiling"- J.R. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
"I always have an amazing experience @ lifetime smiles of OC. DR A is phenomenal. The whole staff goes above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. Misty took a great care of me and my teeth never felt cleaner and my gum never felt healthier not to mention her amazing wonderful chairside manners. Ana M the super Assisstant that wears so many hats and gets the job done while smiling all the way through. Thank you guys"- C.N. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
Missing teeth are not just a problem with appearance — spaces in your smile can heavily impact the health of your mouth. Your mouth is balanced carefully and a gap may affect how well you can use it. In time, gaps may lead to the shifting of teeth, causing problems with your bite (underbite, crossbite, overbite) and gum or jawbone atrophy. To place a bridge, the surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to hold the restoration with good density in the jawbone and gum tissue. Dr. Abraham will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw at your consultation to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure and to help you select the best type of bridge (cantilever, traditional, resin bonded, or Maryland bonded) and material (ceramic, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal).
What To Expect
Once your supporting teeth are prepped, Dr. Abraham will take digital images and dental impressions so your bridge can be created. A temporary bridge may be used while your custom one is crafted. As soon as your restoration is ready, your mouth may be prepped with a numbing agent. Stronger sedation methods can be discussed for anxiety or trouble with a gag reflex to help keep you calm during the placement. Your dental bridge can be glued into its position or connected to implants, based on the method you and Dr. Abraham selected in your consultation. Dr. Abraham will adjust the position of your bridge so it is comfortable and stable.
Once your bridge is in place, you should have a noticeable improvement in the function and appearance of your teeth. You may schedule a follow-up appointment at LifeTime Smiles of OC to improve your bridge's fit if it seems loose or uncomfortable after it is placed. Dr. Abraham or an assistant on his team will teach you how to care for your restoration, including the ways to keep it clean and if you need to avoid any foods. It's important to regularly clean your bridge and mouth because decay can develop under the bridge. If you properly care for it, your custom bridge may stay in place for several years. You need to continue to attend appointments at LifeTime Smiles of OC to get an annual dental examination and bi-annual cleanings. At your dental exam, Dr. Abraham can evaluate the wear and health of your custom bridge to decide if it should be replaced or repaired.
Restorations like dental bridges are usually covered, partially, by most dental insurance companies. A member of our team will contact your dental insurance to determine how much your insurance will cover. We also offer several payment methods, including financing options, that may be talked about in your consultation with Dr. Abraham. He can also help you choose the best type and material for your bridge to suit your budget and needs.
Plan Your Procedure
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind the way your smile looks with a gap, it may turn into bigger issues if it isn't fixed. Schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Abraham to get more information about dental bridges and what options will fit your unique needs. LifeTime Smiles of OC is pleased to offer custom dental bridges that can improve the health and appearance of your teeth. Contact our front office in Santa Ana, CA to make your consultation.