Vacancies created by lost teeth should never stay unoccupied for long. Space between teeth can cause the nearby teeth to encroach into it, hastening your chances of dental relapse—even if you received orthodontic work and have really straight teeth. Dental implants are a popular outcome of a lost tooth. But implants are a relatively new advancement, and dental bridges were once the top restorative choice of dentists and patients.
A bridge acts according to its name: it crosses the gap between two teeth created by the loss of a neighbor. This is accomplished by minor construction on the two teeth on either side, removing tiny amounts of enamel to make them more receptive of crowns. Then these teeth—abutment teeth, as they’re called—are fitted with a 3-piece prosthetic consisting of crowns for the abutment teeth, and a replacement tooth in the middle. The replacement tooth is called a pontic.
If a tooth is on an edge and so only abuts on one tooth, a different kind of bridge was traditionally used—it’s called a cantilever bridge. However, according to our expert in dental bridges in West Hollywood, this method is not deemed particularly safe for back teeth, where too much force is often exerted.
Contact our dentist in West Hollywood for more about dental bridges.