Dental bridges are a type of restoration that combines pontics, or artificial teeth, with porcelain crowns that are placed on abutment teeth. Bridges can be used to replace one or several missing teeth. If you have lost teeth due to dental trauma, tooth decay, periodontal disease or other factors, our Los Angeles dental bridges expert may recommend a bridge.
When a tooth is lost, the gap that is left behind is generally considered cosmetically unattractive. Unfortunately, it can also have serious ramifications for your dental health. Dental bridges can help reduce these consequences. They not only restore the appearance of your smile but also enable you to eat and speak properly and comfortably, preserve the shape of your face, evenly distribute bite forces for less dental trauma and maintain proper spacing and positioning.
Dental Bridges Los Angeles
If our expert in dental bridges in Los Angeles recommends a dental bridge, you may need two to three dental visits. At the initial visit, your abutment teeth will be prepared. Abutment teeth are the teeth that will be used with the dental crowns. Some of the enamel will be removed from the teeth to contour and prepare them for the placement of the crown. Dental impressions will be taken to create a model for crafting your new smile.
Because your teeth will be sensitive and vulnerable after they are prepared, our Los Angeles dental bridges expert will place a temporary bridge until your new bridge is ready to be bonded onto your teeth. We will check that final bridge for fit and make any necessary adjustments for your comfort and a proper bite. Once the bridge has been bonded to your teeth, it can last from five to 15 years or more based on dental practices.
Our expert in dental bridges in Los Angeles will provide you with aftercare instructions that can help you maximize the life of your bridge. Keeping your abutment teeth healthy is one of the best ways to ensure the success of the treatment. Brush twice a day and floss daily to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. You may need to use a special flossing tool to floss around the bridge. Visit us regularly for routine checkups and cleanings. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Los Angeles dentist.