A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option to fill the gap a missing tooth or teeth leaves behind. At Carlston Dental Group, they are anchored using crowns on the teeth on either side of your gap. The artificial teeth, known as pontics, are fused between two porcelain crowns on each side to create an unbroken surface on both sides of your mouth. This creates a natural appearance while preventing the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of place.
How Are Dental Bridges Made?
Dental bridges are custom-made porcelain pieces attached to two dental crowns. The crowns are there to replace your missing tooth and fit right over your existing teeth. The bridge is permanently attached to your new crowns, forming a shape that mimics the contour of your natural teeth. Before the bridge is placed in your mouth, it is carefully shaped to fit comfortably with the rest of your teeth. Once the bridge has been constructed to fit perfectly with your bite, it will be bonded to your previously restored teeth. Bridges are strong and durable but require special care to last a long time. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once will help to remove plaque and keep your dental bridge clean. You should also schedule routine checkups and cleanings so your dentist can spot problems early on and treat them before they become more serious.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a natural-looking, long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Unlike dentures or partials, a bridge is permanently fixed in your mouth. The bridge uses dental crowns on the healthy teeth on either side of the gap to anchor the bridge and create a healthy and beautiful smile.
One of the most significant benefits of a dental bridge is that it prevents your other teeth from shifting into space. Shifting teeth can cause chewing and speaking issues, which can also cause problems with your jaw joint. With a bridge in place, your teeth will stay in place and prevent other issues from occurring.
Another benefit of a bridge is that it restores your smile and gives you back self-confidence. Losing a tooth can affect the way you talk and the way you feel about yourself. A bridge replaces the missing tooth and can bring back your confidence and give you a smile you are proud to show off.
To know more about how a dental bridge can rejuvenate your smile and improve your oral health, visit Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844. We look forward to helping you restore your smile with permanent, beautiful restorations like dental bridges.