Your teeth play a vital role in communicating, chewing food, and maintaining good health for the entire oral cavity. Tooth loss can happen at any age, either through an accident, poor oral hygiene practices, or naturally due to age.
Regardless of how tooth loss occurs, the missing tooth or teeth must be replaced to ensure the health and proper functioning of your mouth and jaw. If you need to replace missing teeth, a bridge or partial denture can be a solution that puts you on the road to good health and a smile you’ll be proud to share.
If you live or work in the LA Valley and are searching for a reputable dentist skilled in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, The Dental Health Group can help! A dental bridge is a custom-crafted device inserted into your mouth to replace the missing teeth. Because each bridge is made specifically for your mouth, the artificial teeth will blend in naturally with the teeth nearby. Bridges can be permanently attached to your gums and jawbone (also called fixed bridges), or they can be removable (known as a partial denture).
While both options for bridges fill the gap between your teeth, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a professional dentist. Removable bridges, or partial dentures, can be taken out of your mouth and cleaned. While a removable bridge may be more convenient, a fixed bridge provides more stability to the rest of your teeth and mouth. As a result of the bridge, your lips and cheeks will maintain their natural shape and appearance. Additionally, a bridge can reduce the risk of gum disease and prevent speech disorders that develop due to missing teeth.
If you have recently moved to the LA Valley or are a new patient at The Dental Health Group, we will start with a dental/radiographic examination to fully understand your restorative dentistry needs and the condition of your teeth.
For most patients, a bridge will involve two appointments to complete.
Appointment #1: The dentist will remove a portion of the enamel and dentin from the teeth on either side of the gap. Because the bridge must be fabricated to the measurements of your bite and mouth, we’ll take molded impressions and send them to the dental lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Appointment #2: The bridge will be fitted into your mouth for this appointment. The procedure will vary depending on whether you have a fixed or removable bridge. Dental crowns are placed on the adjacent natural teeth to support the bridge. We’ll show you the correct method to brush and floss around this area so you can keep it clean.
If you’re searching for a friendly, knowledgeable dentist in the LA Valley who has experience with dental bridge procedures, make an appointment with The Dental Health Group today. When you come into our office, we will give you a full consultation and answer your questions before beginning any work. Bring your questions or give us a call at 818-718-2000. We look forward to meeting you.