A dental bridge is a type of restoration that consists of an artificial tooth suspended between two crowns. These crowns can be supported by either adjacent natural teeth or by dental implants. Our dentist in North Hollywood may recommend a dental bridge if you are missing one or a few teeth and have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap.
The bridge is designed to platform the gap between your teeth. The restoration keeps your teeth from shifting after a tooth is lost. This is a common problem that can lead to misaligned teeth and a maloccluded bite. A dental bridge is an aesthetic alternative that can keep your smile attractive, while it also maintains proper biting and chewing function. A bridge can be a great option for anyone who has lost a tooth, but is not a candidate for an implant or does not want an implant.
Two appointments are needed to place the bridge. The first appointment consists of preparing the abutment. This is done by trimming and shaping the teeth to fit the crowns. We then take a dental impression, which is sent to a dental lab to use as a pattern for crafting the new bridge. Once the bridge is ready, we will check its fit to ensure a healthy bite and attractive restoration. Finally, we bond it into place.
A bridge can last seven to 10 years or longer with good dental care, and it is there to restore your smile and dental health. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental bridges in North Hollywood.