Dental Bridges

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss does not necessarily have to occur as you age. But if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.

Dental Bridge Options

A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges) or they can be removable (removable bridge).

Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it is difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.

Why do I need a bridge?

Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.

Missing teeth can cause speech disorders because they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

How is a bridge attached?

The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Chao or Dr. Nguyen will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

What materials are used?

Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either a precious or non-precious metal.

How do I take care of my bridge?

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

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Here you see the zirconia (or white ceramic framework)

This young woman was referred by her periodontist. It was determined that she did not have adequate bone for an implant to replace tooth #8. You can see that her tooth was longer to begin with due to bone loss. Her gums were constantly irritated by the old bridgework.  The periodontist performed a “gum lift” on both sides so that we could achieve a more balanced smile. -Actual patient treated by Drs. Chao or Nguyen

Pleasanton Prosthodontics

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I would say if you fear going to the dentist they might change your. I would gladly recommend them to family and friends.

- Anonymous

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Nice office, Dr Chao is very gentle and explains everything before each procedure, All the staff is very friendly and helpful.

- Steve F

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I am very pleased with the results of my Prosthidontic treatments. Dr. Chao and her team was a pleasure to deal with!

- Alex V

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Wonderful care!!! ️️️️️

- Susan R

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I highly recommend Dr. Chao professional and expert care from crowns to implants (for my daughter). She does beautiful work, and I couldn’t tell which tooth was the implant when all was done.

- Kimberly C

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I recently had the pleasure of undergoing a full mouth reconstruction with zirconia crowns at Pleasanton Prosthodontics’ office, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results! After years of feeling self-conscious about my smile, I finally have the confidence to show it off, thanks to the incredible work of Dr. Nguyen. From the initial consultation to the final fitting, the care and attention to detail provided by Dr. Nguyen and their team were exceptional. They took the time to explain every step of the process and made sure I was comfortable and informed throughout. The professionalism and expertise displayed by the entire staff made me feel at ease, even during the most extensive procedures. The quality of the zirconia crowns is outstanding, and the transformation is truly remarkable. Not only do they look incredibly natural, but the fit is perfect, allowing me to eat and speak comfortably without any issues. It’s a game changer to finally enjoy meals and conversations without any discomfort. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Nguyen for restoring not just my smile but my confidence as well. I highly recommend their services to anyone considering a full mouth reconstruction. Their meticulous work and the stunning outcome have made a significant impact on my life, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you, Dr. Nguyen, for giving me a reason to smile with pride!

- Eugene S

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Everyone at this office, from staff to Dr. Chao, is so sweet, kind, helpful, professional and top notch at what they do!

- Gilbert L

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I have had a very positive experience in every encounter with Dr. Chao. Not only does she strive to deliver excellent prosthodontic work, she also treats me with compassion, courtesy, and respect as a patient at every visit. Well done, Dr. Chao!

- Andrea B

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Dr Maggie Chao has extensive experience in dental works. She listens to your concerns and will help to solve and take care of your needs. I would highly recommend Dr Maggie Chao who needs advanced dentistry.

- Isabella C

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It is worth driving from Castro Valley. I’m so impressed,everyone gets along and I feel a part of a family.

- Colleen Pearl

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Great service,great staff , I would definitely recommend to family and friends.

- Jorge G

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Amazing group of processionals. Dr. Olivia Nguyen explained my procedure thoroughly. She restored my smile back! Thank you Dr. N!!

- Eloisa N

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My son got his teeth bonding completed by Dr. Maggie Chao who did a fantatic job. His teeth turn out great and our overall experience was painless.

- Isaiah W

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I had the All in 4 surgery and it was the best surgery experience that I have ever encountered. Dr. Chao was so professional but also very concerned for my well being. I NEVER had ANY pain after surgery. I ended up throwing the pain pills away as I never needed them. The process was long but through it all I could hear the doctors talking to me and assuring me that everything was going well. When I woke up and the surgery was complete, the staff was really attentive and gave me instructions to follow at home. I received the normal call to see if I was okay the next day. The experience I have to say was so very positive, the best thing I did was to choose Dr Maggie Chao and she referred me to Dr Ali Alijanian for my extractions. The was the first time my experience of dental surgery was so positive and with a brilliant outcome. I am truly happy with the All in 4 and so happy with Pleasanton Prosthodontics. I would highly recommend this office.

- Tina J

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Dr. Nguyen and the staff at Pleasanton Prosthodontics have been immensely professional and attentive. I am so happy with my crown (on a front tooth, no less) and new mouthguard. It looks and feels great, and I can finally bite into my food again. Thank you!

- Nathan L

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My wife received a permanent implant procedure at Pleasanton Prosthodontics. The attention to detail and professionalism displayed by Dr. Olivia Nguyen and her Clinical Assistant, Yolanda, surpassed our expectations and left a lasting impression. From the moment we walked through the door, the staff at Pleasanton Prosthodontics ensured that Gina felt welcomed and comfortable. Dr. Nguyen's expertise and dedication were evident throughout the entire process. She took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure, addressing all of Gina's concerns and ensuring she felt confident moving forward. Yolanda, Dr. Nguyen's Clinical Assistant, played a crucial role in making Gina's experience as smooth as possible. Her warmth, compassion, and efficiency were truly remarkable. What truly sets Pleasanton Prosthodontics apart is their commitment to providing personalized care. Dr. Nguyen and her team tailored the treatment plan to suit Gina's specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcome. Their attention to detail and dedication to excellence were evident every step of the way. Thanks to the exceptional care provided by Dr. Nguyen and Yolanda, Gina's permanent implant procedure was a success.

- RODRIGO A

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Very competent

- Carole C

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Always a pleasure. Never feel rushed and they are genuinely interested in taking the time to make sure they are doing the best care for you possible.

- John W

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I was very pleased and satisfied with this visit. Wonderful!

- Anne A

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Very tough crown/abutment failure but it was handled extremely well and saved the implant!!!

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