Why Should I Get a Dental Bridge?

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Dental bridges help to bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Bridges have one or more crowns or implants on either side of the gap and false teeth in-between them. If you have a gap caused by a missing tooth and that gap is embarrassing, a bridge may be right for you. Bridges are typically made from porcelain material, and this looks natural and blends in with your other teeth.

There are many different types of bridges available.  Depending on how many teeth are missing, and if you have natural teeth on both sides will help decide what type of bridge is recommended.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Bridge

A traditional bridge is a type of bridge with two anchoring crowns on either side of the replacement tooth. This is the most popular type of bridge, and is used when the gap has natural teeth on both sides.

Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge is used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth. This type of bridge is not used as much anymore, and it not as common as the other options. Cantilever bridges tend to put too much pressure on other teeth and this can cause damage.

Maryland Bonded Bridge

This type of bridge has metal or porcelain wings, and these are bonded to the existing teeth. Maryland bridges are made out of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.

Implant Supported Bridge

This type of bridge is similar to the traditional dental bridge, but is supported by a dental implant. The implant is inserted into the jaw and the bridge is attached above the gum line. This type of bridge has an advantage over the other types and helps to prevent bone loss. Implant supported bridges are the most stable compared to other bridge options. Surgery is required to insert the implant and does take longer.

What Are the Advantages With Dental Bridges?

  • A dental bridge offers an effective solution for tooth replacement. Bridges are aesthetically pleasing and help restore mouth function.
  • Helps to maintain structure in the mouth and hold teeth in place to reduce shifting and bite issues.
  • Helps to reduce bone loss and maintains facial structure.
  • Is comfortable in the mouth and feels like a natural tooth.
  • Does not require removal for cleaning. Bridges should be cleaned just like natural teeth with brushing and flossing daily.

Looking To Find Out More?

If you are interested in finding out if a bridge is right for you, scheduling a consultation in our office is the first step. Dental bridges are affordable and a reliable solution for missing teeth. Let us help you get that perfect smile!

To schedule your consultation please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Crowns?

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A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that places a cap over a tooth or dental implant. Crowns help keep the underlying tooth from breaking apart, and can be used to help fix an area on a tooth that is broken. There are different types of crowns available to patients, and depending on the severity of the tooth will determine which type of crown is best. Crowns are typically made of hard materials such as porcelain or ceramic, but can also be made of gold, resin, or stainless steel. They can be made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth and blend in nicely.

Pros of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns improve your appearance, and can help correct any cosmetic issues in the mouth. There are many benefits to dental crowns, and crowns are commonly used today.

  • Crowns are used to replace large or worn out fillings in the teeth
  • Restore dental implants
  • Restore cracked, injured, or damaged teeth
  • Correct discoloration or alignment
  • Reshape your teeth
  • Keep cracked or damaged teeth from breaking down further
  • Protect the underlying tooth after a root canal
  • Crowns are durable and last for years

Cons of Dental Crowns

With any dental procedure there are always some disadvantages patients should consider. In some cases, crowns may need to be repaired or replaced. This is not common but does happen occasionally. During a crown procedure the tooth has to be filed down to ensure the crown can be securely placed. If a crown is not fitted properly there is risk that it can fall out, or allow bacteria to enter underneath the crown. Patients may become more sensitive to hot or cold after their crown is placed. Our office typically recommends a sensitive toothpaste to help with this issue.

If patients ever have an issue with a crown we encourage them to contact our office right away. Leaving a damaged crown untreated can lead to further issues or complications. Overall, crowns are extremely helpful in preserving teeth, and give patients a beautiful natural white smile. The benefits of crowns definitely outweigh the risks.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, or if you have a damaged or discolored tooth, a dental crown may be the right solution. Our team is available to help you take the next step towards that perfect smile.

To schedule your consultation with our team contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Do Dental Implants Last Forever?

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Many patients who visit our dental office in Vacaville, CA will inevitably ask how long dental implants will typically last.  In this article, Dr. Amani Takher discusses the typical duration for dental implants and discusses some of the benefits that they offer for patients! 

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are built to last upwards of 25 years or even a lifetime. They are made of titanium, and are anchored to the bone rather than the tooth’s roots. Implants are comfortable and allow patients to speak, and eat normally like they would with natural teeth.


What Happens If I've Lost Too Much Bone in my Jaw?

Proper bone in the jaw must be present to give the required support for the implants. As part of our evaluation process we determine if the patient has enough bone present. If not, bone grafting can be done to provide the support that is needed. 

How Do I Take Care of my Dental Implants?
Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily, and visiting our office regularly helps to keep the implants looking and feeling great. If cared for properly dental implants can last you a lifetime.
What Are Dental Implants
Check out some of the dental implants our office can provide by clicking the picture above!

What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer a variety of benefits including:

  • Implants function like natural teeth and are a reliable choice for patients that want a beautiful smile.
  • Implants are permanent, and do not need to be removed or cleaned like with dentures or bridges.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone and made of titanium. This makes them extremely strong and stable.

Contact Peña Adobe Dental Care Today!

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants or are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Amani Takher, please don’t hesitate to contact Pena Adobe Dental Care in Vacaville, CA! We look forward to helping you. 

What Are Teeth in a Day Dental Implants?

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Teeth in a Day, also known as “All on 4 dental implants” is a popular option for patients who are interested in seeking dental implants. This type of implant provides patients with that beautiful smile in just one appointment!

In this article, our Vacaville dentist, Dr. Amani Takher  provides a general overview for what teeth in a day is and what benefits all on 4 dental implants provide to patients.

What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?

All on 4 is a fixed denture that is supported by four implants placed in the top and bottom of a patient’s mouth. All on 4 implants are comfortable, strong, and reliable allowing patients to eat and speak like they would with natural teeth. This option gives patients the opportunity to get that beautiful smile in a single day.

Why Are All On 4s Needed

If you are interested in finding out more about All on 4 dental implants, make sure to call Pena Adobe Dental Care to schedule your next appointment at our dental office in Vacaville, CA. We look forward to treating you!

Do All-On-4 Dental Implants Require Different Maintenance?

Caring for your all on 4 dental implants is similar to caring for traditional dental implants. Maintaining good oral hygiene is recommended along with regular dental visits to our office to determine if your implants are still functional.

What are the benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants?

Some of the benefits of Teeth in a Day include:

  • Restores a patient’s smile with only four implants needed.
  • Procedure only requires one appointment making All on 4 implants a popular option for patients.
  • Implants are strong and stable providing results that last for years, or even a lifetime.
  • Bone grafts are typically not necessary with this option.
  • Healing time is reduced making this a popular option.

What Dental Implants Do You Offer?


Dental implants remain a popular option for patients seeking a permanent solution for tooth replacement. At Pena Adobe Dental Care we offer a few different options that are available to our patients: Traditional dental implants & Teeth in a Day – sometimes known as “All-on-4 Dental Implants”.

In this article, Dr. Amani Takher goes over some of the dental implants in Vacaville, CA that we can provide as well as the unique benefits that they each offer!

What Are Traditional Dental Implants?

Traditional dental implants typically take multiple appointments across a few months. This type of implant is good for patients that have missing, broken, or cracked teeth. Implants are a two-step process, and the first step involves placing the implant in the patient’s jawbone. There is a healing period after this is done to give the implants time to fuse to the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration.
What Happens If I've Lost Too Much Bone in my Jaw?
As part of our evaluation we will ensure each patient has adequate bone in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to give patients the bone required for the implants. 
How Long Does It Take to Heal?
The healing process takes a few months, and this depends on each patient and the amount of implants that were placed. Once the healing period is complete, an abutment or connecter is secured on top of the implants. This allows the crown or artificial tooth to connect and be secured on top. Custom crowns are used to match the patient’s natural teeth size, shape and color. Temporary crowns may be used while the patient waits for the permanent crown to be installed.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
Implants are built to last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime if cared for properly. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting our office regularly will help to keep your implants looking great. Overall the process for traditional dental implants can take four to six months from start to finish.

What is Teeth in a Day?

Another option offered at Pena Adobe Dental Care is Teeth in a Day or All on 4. The benefit of this type of implant is that they can be complete in just one appointment. With traditional dental implants multiple appointments are required, but with Teeth in a Day implants can be provided to patients in one day which makes this option attractive. Lab equipment is located directly in our office, and our doctors can place the implant while you are sedated and relaxed.

Teeth in a Day required four implants either at the top or bottom of the mouth. With this option, implants for each tooth are not needed. Temporary crowns are used with this option as well until permanent crowns can be installed.

Looking to get Dental Implants in Vacaville?

Peña Adobe Dental Care is committed to providing exceptional care for our patients & their families. If you would like to schedule a consultation to determine what dental implant is right for you, please call our friendly staff today! We look forward to serving you.