Using a dental bridge to replace one or more teeth 

A missing tooth is more than just a cosmetic issue–it can affect the health and function of the smile. At Family Dental Center in Manteca, California, Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy can educate patients on what type of restoration is best for their needs. They may recommend a dental bridge for one tooth or several teeth in some instances. 

What is a dental bridge? 

A dental bridge is a restoration option used to replace missing teeth. It is made up of two crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. The pontic is the replacement tooth. Bridges are made from various materials, such as gold, alloys, porcelain, and composite resin. The most common type of dental bridge is the porcelain, as this material mimics the look of natural teeth. The bridge created for the patient is usually cemented into place using a special and robust dental adhesive. 

What are the benefits of a dental bridge? 

If a tooth is missing, a bridge can help restore its function and appearance. A bridge acts as an artificial “fused” to the teeth on either side of the space, holding up well against normal biting pressure. The dental restoration supports chewing, prevents other teeth from shifting into the gap, and maintains healthy gums. 

What are some of the advantages of dental bridges?

The benefits include: 

  • Rebuilds your natural smile  
  • Prevents remaining teeth from shifting out of place 
  • Preserves facial tissue  
  • Allows you to chew normally
  • Assists in proper oral hygiene 

Patients do not need to go without their natural teeth for too long after tooth loss because bridges can be placed relatively quickly. A dental bridge can be completed in as little as two appointments in some cases. That is faster than the process of having a dental implant placed. Implants involve costlier surgeries and take longer to complete. 

How do I learn more about dental bridges? 

If you live in the Manteca, CA area, contact Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy of the Family Dental Center to request an appointment. The office is located at 521 East Center Street and can be reached by phone at (209) 420-1205.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.


Dr. Mircea Mitu

Mircea Mitu DDS, FICOI

Dr. Mircea Mitu has almost three decades of dental experience, including nine years of associateship and managing clinical practices in the East Bay Area and several years of practice and academic positions in prosthodontics. Before setting up his practice, he completed hundreds of hours in postgraduate dentistry. He has attended prestigious organizations like the UCLA Center for Aesthetic Program and Misch International Implant Institute.

Dr. Mitu is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Joaquin County Dental Association and is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.