Dental Bridges in Los Angeles, CA
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Missing one or more teeth affects the appearance of your smile as well as your oral health. A dental bridge can solve these problems and fill the gap. If you have one or more missing teeth, Suzanne Khalili D.D.S., of Adams Family Dentistry, should be your top choice for a Los Angeles dentist. Dr. Khalili can eliminate problems with missing teeth by fashioning a custom-made dental bridge.
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Why Are Missing Teeth a Problem?
Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic issue. A gap from a missing tooth attracts debris and increases the risk of tooth decay. Other teeth may start to shift into the opening, which can cause bite problems and uneven wear. Missing teeth, especially in the back of the mouth, prevent you from chewing your food properly and can result in digestive problems. Multiple missing teeth simply make all of these problems worse.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is pretty much what it sounds like – a treatment to bridge the gap where you have missing teeth. The bridge is usually made of plastic with a metal core to support and strengthen the bridge. Prosthetic teeth can be made from porcelain or resin composite – a special kind of plastic. A bridge can be permanent or removable (removable dental bridges may also be called partial plates or partials). Prosthetic teeth are attached to the bridge and can be color-matched to your natural teeth, which makes them much less visible.
What’s the Procedure Like?
The first step in getting a bridge is to remove any fragments of a broken tooth and to treat existing problems like tooth decay. Next, the dentist makes a mold of the existing teeth. The bridge and prosthetic teeth are constructed in a dental lab, and you’ll return for a second visit. At that visit, the dentist will attach the permanent bridge to healthy teeth on either side of the gap or fit a removable bridge so it will be secured to adjoining teeth. In some cases, the adjoining teeth must be ground down and covered with prosthetic teeth to which the missing tooth is permanently attached. You may need more than two visits, as the fit of the bridge is very important to ensure the alignment is correct and that it doesn’t cause too much pressure on adjoining teeth.
How Long Will a Bridge Last?
In many cases, a well-fitted bridge can last for years. Of course, you must take proper care of your teeth and follow your dentist’s instructions. You should avoid foods like hard candies, as chewing these can increase the risk of breaking a bridge or prosthetic tooth. It’s not unreasonable to expect a bridge to last at least 10 years and 15 years is not uncommon.
Dr. Khalili can solve problems with missing teeth by fitting you for a dental bridge. Please call our office for an assessment and recommendations. Treatment can improve not only your smile but your oral health.