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Dental Bridges West Hollywood Q&A
There are instances when tooth loss is unavoidable. When a tooth cannot be restored to full functionality and beauty, extraction may be necessary. This is usually due to gum disease, decay, or trauma.
Whatever the reason for a lost tooth, replacing it is important. Gaps can compromise the health of your other teeth, cause difficulty chewing, and inhibit clear speech – besides being unsightly. One of the most common solutions for missing teeth is a dental bridge. A bridge can replace a single tooth, or several teeth.
Types of bridges
The most common style is known as a traditional bridge. It consists of one or several false teeth (pontics) suspended between dental crowns. The teeth are made of quality dental porcelain, shaped and colored to match your existing teeth perfectly. The crowns are placed on existing teeth or dental implants. If existing teeth are used, they will need to be reduced and shaped to accommodate the crowns. This may be a practical option if teeth adjacent to the gap are compromised and need crowning.
Implant supported bridges are an excellent option for most patients. They are more stable and last longer than bridges supported by teeth. There is no alteration to your existing teeth, because the implants are placed in the jawbone. This is only recommended for patients who are missing several teeth; a single tooth can be replaced with a dental implant and porcelain crown.
There are other styles of dental bridges used in specific situations. Cantilever bridges are used when there is only a tooth on one side of the gap. Maryland bridges are supported by thin wings bonded to adjacent teeth, rather than crowns.
The process is different, depending on what type of bridge is used. For a traditional dental bridge, supported by adjacent teeth, the procedure is very similar to dental crowns. The teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared, impressions are taken, and your bridge is fabricated at a dental laboratory. In about two or three weeks, your smile will be fully restored, functional, and gorgeous. Implant supported bridges take a bit longer.
After implants are placed, it takes a few months for the bone to bond with it. You will be given a temporary restoration to wear during this time. When the process is complete, your beautiful, permanent bridge will be placed.
Dr. Delmont will help you choose the best solution for your situation. Call (310) 652-7742 and schedule an appointment today.