If you have lost a tooth, our dentist in WeHo may suggest a dental bridge. Dental bridges are one of the most popular ways to replace single teeth or a few teeth. They consist of two dental crowns, which can be placed on natural teeth or dental implants, and a pontic, or artificial tooth.
Once your bridge is in place, it can keep the bite forces evenly distributed, which protects your remaining teeth from excess pressure, wear and tear. When a tooth is lost, the bone around the socket can collapse. This bone loss combined with the empty gap can spell disaster for your remaining teeth. Teeth that are next to the gap can tilt or fall into it, and the other teeth can become misaligned. A dental bridge maintains proper spacing of the teeth and keeps them from shifting, falling or drifting out of place.
When you take care of it appropriately, a dental bridge can last many years. You will need to brush and floss it with your other teeth, but you may need to use a special floss threading tool to thread the floss above and around the bridge. This is critical for removing plaque, bacteria and debris in this area, which can be impossible to clean by other means. Call us today to find out if you are a candidate for dental bridges or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental bridges in West Hollywood.