Dental Bridges

Dental BridgesContrary to what you might think, or what you might have been told, losing a tooth is more than an aesthetic issue. Your overall oral health can be seriously affected by the gap left when you’ve lost a tooth, regardless of whether the tooth has been lost due to trauma or tooth decay. A dental bridge is a permanent appliance that is used to replace missing teeth, keeping your remaining teeth from drifting out of place, and restoring your normal chewing and speaking abilities.

What are the types of dental bridges?

There are several different types of dental bridges, and your Manhattan Beach Dental Center professional will discuss the best option for your particular case with you. The most commonly used type is known as the fixed bridge and consists of porcelain crowns and artificial teeth fused to metal. The porcelain crowns fit over two anchoring teeth on either side of the gap, with the artificial teeth filling the space.

What is involved in getting a dental bridge?

Assuming the teeth on either side of the gap are strong and healthy, your dentist will shape the anchor teeth and then make an impression of the gap. This will be sent to a dental laboratory, where your custom bridge will be made. You will most likely be given a temporary bridge to wear for the two to three weeks this may take. During your follow-up appointment, your dentist will fit your new permanent bridge and verify that they feel comfortable before cementing them into place.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

The teeth left in your mouth after you’ve lost a tooth or teeth can be greatly affected by the change. Over time, they will gradually shift, and can possibly move out of their sockets to fill the space left by the missing teeth. This can make chewing difficult, cause an incorrect bite that can be painful and uncomfortable, and alter your facial appearance. Dental bridges fill these gaps and help prevent or correct these issues. A fixed dental bridge can also be used as a permanent and more comfortable upgrade from partial dentures.

To find out more about dental bridges, or to see if you are a candidate for a dental bridge, call Manhattan Beach Dental Center today at 310-376-0842 for a consultation. Our friendly and helpful staff is ready to help you get fitted for your dental bridge so that you can have a smile that you are proud to show once more.