Are you missing teeth? If so, you understand the embarrassment that can come from having a large empty space in your smile where a tooth should be. Dental bridges are a common treatment choice for those wishing to replace one or more adjacent teeth that have been lost. A bridge consists of several connected false teeth, normally made of porcelain and resembling crowns, that are used to fill in the empty space in the mouth. This can be done in either of two ways.
Using the Natural Teeth
In the most common scenario, the natural teeth on either side of the empty space are used to anchor and support the bridge. To accomplish this, our expert in dental bridges in West Hollywood prepares the teeth by removing some of the enamel. The teeth of the bridge can then be placed on top of the natural teeth, resembling the fit of a crown, and the remaining teeth fill in the empty space.
When multiple teeth are missing in a row, dental implants can be used to anchor a bridge. In this case, one implant is placed at each end of the empty space, and the bridge is attached to them to fill in the space entirely with false teeth. Implant supported bridges have numerous advantages over traditional bridges, but this treatment does take significantly longer to complete and may have a higher initial cost.
To learn more about dental bridges or to find out which approach is best for you, schedule a consultation with our West Hollywood dentist today.