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Dental Bridges in Whittier

Restore your beautiful smile, ability to eat and prevent your teeth from shifting, at Perfect Smile Dental Group in Whittier.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Saves your natural smile.
  • Replace your missing teeth.
  • Maintain your face’s Natural shape.
  • Improve confidence by being able to smile, chew and speak properly.
  • Prevent your adjacent teeth from shifting that creates problems in your bite.

Source: American Dental Association (ADA)

What are Advantages of Dental Bridges?

  • Less expensive than dental implants.
  • Requires fewer trips to the dentist (2 visits)
  • Does not require surgery.
  • Less invasive than dental implants.
  • Look and feel more esthetic and realistic than dentures.

What are Disadvantages of Dental Bridges?

  • Healthy neighboring teeth may need to be shaved to accommodate Dental Bridge.
  • Cavities on a supporting tooth of the bridge causes entire bridge to be compromised.
  • Inconvenience of flossing under bridge with Floss threader/Super Floss.
  • Does not last as long as a dental implant.

Types of Dental Bridges

Full Metal Bridges
Full Metal bridges are made from pure gold, alloys of gold, platinum, chromium, nickel, palladium, or base metals. Full Metal bridges made from metal alloys are known for their great strength and durability but lack esthetics due to the metallic color. As a result, full metal bridges are often recommended for posterior teeth (premolars & molars) where esthetics is not a concern. Full metal bridges are stronger and more resistant to fracture than porcelain fused to metal bridges. Full Metal bridges can last for 15-20 years in patients with good oral hygiene. The advantage of Full Metal bridges is its high strength and durability. Full Metal bridges are the strongest and most resistant to chipping, breaking, and wear. For bruxism patients that clench and grind their teeth, Full Metal bridges and zirconia crowns are often recommended. Full Metal bridges are not commonly used in dentistry today, porcelain fused to metal bridges (PFM) are preferred instead.

Full Metal Cast

Porcelain Fused to Metal Bridges (PFM Bridges)
Porcelain fused to metal bridges (PFM) are metal bridges with a very thin layer of porcelain fused to the metal that mimics the natural tooth color. PFM bridges are strong due to its strong metal core on the inside but is esthetic due to the lustering layer of porcelain. Porcelain fused to metal bridges are preferred over full metal bridges when esthetics is a concern. Unlike full metal bridges, PFM bridges can be used on front teeth where esthetic is important. Advantage of Porcelain fused to metal bridges (PFM) is that they are as strong as full metal cast bridges but look more esthetics. Disadvantages of Porcelain fused to metal bridges (PFM) is that in patients with receding gum, the gray metal core appears as a black line near the gum line. With PFM bridges, the porcelain layer is the weak link that tends to crack, chip, or break off when patient bite into hard foods/objects. Because the Porcelain layer on PFM bridges is abrasive and tends to wear out the opposing teeth eventually. For front tooth restorations, porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or all-porcelain bridges are recommended. PFM bridges are not recommended for patients that grind their teeth because the porcelain layer tends to break off.

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Disadvantages of PFM Bridges

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Zirconia Bridges (Bruxzir)
Zirconia dental bridges are made from zirconium dioxide, an extremely hard white powdered crystal ceramic material. Zirconia bridges are extremely durable, translucent, metal-free, biocompatible and bond well with your teeth. Zirconia bridges are the strongest bridges that are ideal for patients that grind their teeth. Zirconia bridges are stronger than PFM bridges and more esthetics due to the lack of a metal core. There are also no concerns of a gray line at the gum line in patients with receding gum.

Zirconia Bridge

Advantages of Zirconia Bridges
Full-contour zirconia bridges (Monolithic Zirconium bridges) has the flexural strength of 1200 MPa. Zirconia bridges are the strongest bridges that look like natural teeth. Since there is no metal, patients with metal allergies are not affected. Because there is no porcelain layer, Bruxing (grinding) patients do not have to fear breaking the porcelain.

Disadvantages of Zirconia Bridges
Zirconia bridges are harder than enamel and can cause wearing of opposing natural teeth.

Lithium disilicate (eMax) Bridges
eMax Bridges are made from the aesthetic dental ceramic material Lithium disilicate. eMax bridges and eMax veneers have the strength of a full metal crown and an esthetic translucency greater than porcelain. eMax bridges can withstand 400 MPa of force. Because of its high translucency, eMax bridges are usually placed for front teeth where esthetic is the most important. When looking to create the most natural and esthetic beautiful smile, eMax bridges are the ideal options in cosmetic dentistry.

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Dental Bridges Home Care

To ensure your dental bridges last 10-15 years, schedule routine dental cleaning and dental checkup to maintain good oral hygiene and to detect early signs of dental decay that could compromise your dental bridges. In additional to visiting your dentist, it is important to keep good oral hygiene at home with daily flossing of your teeth and dental bridges.  Flossing dental bridges can be made easy with Superfloss.  Simply insert the superfloss underneath the dental bridge at the missing tooth area and pull the superfloss halfway through to swipe side to side to clean under your dental bridges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A dental bridge is a dental treatment used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is cemented to adjacent natural teeth.

A dental bridge relies on adjacent teeth for support to replace a single or multiple missing teeth.  Dental bridge can be done in 2 visits and does not involve oral surgery.  Dental bridge cannot be flossed like natural teeth.  Dental bridge must be cleaned using Superfloss or Floss threader.

A dental implant is usually a Titanium screw placed in the jawbone to replace a single or multiple missing teeth.  Dental implant involves oral surgery to place the implant.  Dental implant can be cleaned & flossed like your natural teeth.

Dental bridge cost can vary depending on the number of teeth involved, the material used and the geographical location.  Most dental insurance plans provide coverage for dental bridge.  How much is covered depends on your insurance plan you purchased.

Dental Bridge can last between 10 to 15 years.  Good oral hygiene and routine dental check-ups can extend their longevity.

Which type of bridge is recommended depends on the location of the bridge and the patient’s needs.  Is esthetic important?  Do you grind your teeth?

Full Metal Cast Bridges provide strength and durability, but due to the gray metal core they do not like natural teeth.  Full Metal Cast Crowns are not recommended for front teeth.

Porcelain Fused to metal Bridges (PFM) provide strength and greater esthetics compared to Full metal cast bridges.  PFM bridges have 2 disadvantages: In patients with receding gum, the metal core show as black line at the gum line.  The porcelain layer on the metal core often breaks in patients that grind their teeth or chew on hard foods/objects.

Zirconia Bridges (Bruxzir) provide the highest strength, durability and great esthetic.  Since there is no metal core and no porcelain, there are no concerns with black line at the gum nor breaking of the porcelain.  They can be placed on front teeth or back teeth.  Zirconia bridges are ideal for grinding patients.

eMax Bridges provide the highest esthetic and great strength.  eMax bridges are the most natural and beautiful bridges and are perfect for front teeth.  eMax bridges are ideal if esthetic is the most important to you.

Modern dentistry has made the process of getting a bridge painless. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. Some mild sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure is normal, but it’s usually minor and temporary.

A bridge does not require a root canal. Bridges are often placed after extraction of a single tooth or multiple consecutive teeth to replace the missing teeth and to restore your smile and ability to eat effectively.

Alternative treatment option to dental bridge are dental implants.

Getting a dental bridge involves two visits to the dentist.  At first visit, prepare the teeth, take impressions and place a temporary bridge. At second visit, cement your permanent bridge. Getting a dental bridge usually takes two weeks.

After getting a bridge, you can eat as soon as the anesthesia wears off. With a temporary bridge, avoid any sticky or hard foods as this can dislodge or break the temporary bridge. Once your permanent bridge is cemented, you can return to your normal eating habits.

Dental bridge cannot be flossed like natural teeth. Dental bridge must be cleaned by using Superfloss or Floss threader.

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Perfect Smile Dental Group in Whittier accepts most insurance plans. Aetna, AlwaysCare, Unum, Anthem, Ameritas, Blue shield of California, Cigna, Careington Care, Delta Dental, Geha, Guardian, Humana, Metlife, Principal, Sun Life, United Healthcare. See how simple and affordable better oral health can be!
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Emily Le
Emily Le
2024-02-14
I have been seeing Dr. Yang for quite a while now and I can tell he is very caring and professional. I just got my crown done and I'm very satisfied with my care. A definite 5-star experience!
Raymond D
Raymond D
2024-02-14
Visited Perfect Smile Dental recently and was completely impressed! The office was clean and welcoming. Dr. Yang was skillful and informative about what needed to be done with my teeth. Highly recommended!
Leslie Ortiz
Leslie Ortiz
2024-02-09
First time coming to a new location and I had a great experience. The staff was friendly and the doctor explained to me what needed to be done thoroughly. I was nervous at first but all my questions were answered. I got an appointment on the same day I called as well and I was pleased!
Saul Lopez
Saul Lopez
2024-02-09
Great Doctor and Assistants.. Customer Service 100%
maria H
maria H
2024-02-07
Went for the first time as a new patient with my husband & 3 yr old son The front desk staff was so sweet, Magdalena was her name(I’m like 70% sure that was her name) anyways she was so sweet. The dental assistant was also super sweet when i was taken to the back. I did let her know i was pregnant and couldn’t do x-rays and her and the doctor agreed no x-rays would be done. But neither of them made a big deal, like previous offices did. The doctor was super gentle, even though we couldn’t do x-rays he did take pictures with a small probe and showed me on a giant screen all the work that needed to be done. He was not pushy on getting all the dental work done at once, since i am pregnant and wants to wait until the baby is born. The doctor spent roughly around 30-40 minutes with me answering all my questions and did the cleaning as well. Overall super happy we found this office on yelp. My husband also had his apt and helped him with a care plan, payment plan, and cleaning. And they were extremely careful and gentle with my squirmy 3 year old. Overall amazing experience, like i said so happy i found this office. Also, wanted to mentioned the doctor made a comment that really caught my attention. He said “my office wouldn’t be what it is without my staff” shows how much he appreciates his employees.
Skylar Pharm
Skylar Pharm
2024-02-02
This is the best dentist in Whittier! My first impression is that the office is nice and very clean. It is a modern dental clinic, they have the latest technology. The staff is professional and friendly. They brought me in right away. Dr. Yang is very thorough and professional. He explains everything to me and answers all my questions. He also gives me advice on how to take better care of my teeth at home. I had a crown done. I absolutely love it. The crown looks very nice and natural. I got a lot of compliments from my friends. The appointments were painless, they made me feel comfortable. I was very impressed with the doctor and his staff. I’d definitely recommend this place. I had a great experience and will be back for my dental implant.
Jennifer Diaz
Jennifer Diaz
2024-02-01
This a great dental office. I am very happy I found them. They have a very clean facility and the whole staff is great. Everyone is very friendly. The dentist is very thorough and he explains everything. They have up to date technology. They are accommodating to scheduling as well. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a dentist.
Daughter OfChrist
Daughter OfChrist
2023-12-28
Highly recommend. Staff is professional, office is clean, technology is up to date , I really appreciated that the Assistant printed out and gave me a copy of my breakdown of insurance and fees due regarding dental work needed . The other dentist I had seemed very crowded and overbooked at my appointments. This dental appt. Was minimum wait, not alot of people in waiting room.
Ceylon Reynosa
Ceylon Reynosa
2023-12-27
My experience was great! Nurse was amazing and so was the dr. Very informative and great experience. I will be back
Chung Yang
Chung Yang
2023-12-25
I came in with a broken tooth and they saw me the same day. When I arrive at this office, they saw me right away! The dentist was very knowledgeable and he was good in telling me what needs to be done. I knew my teeth look shorter over time, but I didn’t even know I was grinding my teeth that was why my tooth broke. The staff was friendly and the office looks very nice and clean. I loved that they explained everything to me very clearly before they start work on my tooth. I highly recommend this dentist.
Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.
2023-10-14
I have nothing but positive things to say about this dental clinic. They saw me as soon as possible when I broke my filling and tooth and wasted no time in getting me prepped and ready for a crown. Dr. Yang is amazing. I feel very comfortable with him and his staff. He always makes sure I'm alright and not in pain before proceeding with the next step and explains everything thoroughly. I'm very happy I found him and his clinic. I couldn't ask for a better team. I definitely recommend him. 10/10 best dentist!
Gilbert P.
Gilbert P.
2023-10-14
I cannot say enough good things about this office. Dr. Yen is a master of his craft, i have complete confidence in his ability. I hadn't had dental check in 15 plus years and he found all my problems. I will be returning to him to address them in the near future. The front desk cleric Magdalena (hope this is correct spelling) is very knowledgeable, she will guild you thru the process with ease. It never good news to be told you need dental work, but she makes it as easy as possible. I will update this after my dental work is done and fully recovered. Furthermore, they give you an easy-to-understand paperwork detailing everything just be sure to double check the back page. I know I'm forgetting something it will be in the next update.
Bernard D.
Bernard D.
2023-08-24
I developed a toothache right before my first vacation in 10 years. They were open on Saturday and took me in, took care of the problem and saved my vacation. They explain everything, take pictures and show you what's going on. There is a lot of attention to detail. Very personable and professional too. I recommend this place.
V 2.
V 2.
2023-06-08
Professional, friendly staff, extremely clean and well kept office. A friend of mine recommended this office to me. I'm a very picky person and they definitely met my high expectations. Highly recommended!
K R.
K R.
2023-06-08
Went to Perfect Smile for a teeth cleaning. They were very professional and friendly, and the office is very nice and clean. Will be going back!
Iris K.
Iris K.
2023-05-27
Dr. Yang and the staff are so nice and helpful. The office is very clean and organized. Dr. Yang is very thorough and explains exactly what the problem is and how to prevent/treat them. I love that they are not pushy with any treatments unlike other dental offices...Thank you so much for making my teeth healthy again!
Kimme P.
Kimme P.
2023-05-10
My mom saw Dr. Yang for an abscessed tooth and other significant dental issues that were causing her pain. Dr. Yang and his staff took such great care of my mom. The attentiveness and warmth they showed her made her feel so happy. She is so very happy with all the work that Dr. Yang has done. She cannot thank him enough and speaks very highly of him and his staff. Thank you, Dr. Yang and staff, for being so good to my mom. She appreciates it more than anything.
Skylar P.
Skylar P.
2023-04-09
Dr. Yang was very thorough in explaining my treatment to me. I never had any dentist in the past point out cavities on the x-rays. He took pictures of the cavities to show them to me. I was very impressed with the doctor and his staff. They were friendly, which made me feel comfortable during visit. I would recommend this dentist.
kevin l.
kevin l.
2022-12-24
I just had the best teeth cleaning service. The staffs and dentist are friendly and professional. I feel my teeth are very clean. Dr Yang took his time to educate me on how to properly floss my teeth. Very happy with their service, definitely will come again!
Claire L.
Claire L.
2022-12-19
Dr. Yang and his staff made me feel super comfortable and at home. He was gentle and explained everything. I feel comfortable and safe under his care. Highly recommend to anyone!