Dental bridges can restore the smiles of those who are missing teeth. Dental bridges are composed of a replacement tooth or teeth supported by two dental crowns, which are attached to the remaining natural teeth on either side of a gap.

A bridge provides several benefits:

  • Restores the ability to chew and speak properly
  • Helps distribute forces of the bite
  • Fill gaps for a fuller smile
  • Prevent remaining teeth from moving out of place

During a dental bridge procedure, Dr. Okuyama will first prepare each tooth adjacent to the gap and make impressions of the teeth to use in constructing the crowns. A temporary bridge is placed to protect the teeth until the permanent bridge is made. Before cementing the bridge to teeth, Dr. Okuyama will check and adjust the bridge so that it fits properly and appears natural.


A dental bridge is made of porcelain fused to metal and sometimes gold. With good dental hygiene, they can last from 5 years to 15 years or longer. Because the bridge is supported by your natural teeth, its success depends on this foundation; maintain a regular cleaning schedule for taking care of your bridge and eat a balanced diet for stronger and healthier teeth.

The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth again. We recommend eating soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.

For more information about dental bridges and to schedule a free consultation, please contact our office.