Dental bridges are restorations that can replace one or two missing teeth comfortably and efficiently. Our expert in dental bridges in Culver City may recommend dental bridges if you have lost a tooth to decay or gum disease.
Named because they are designed to span the space left by a missing tooth, dental bridges are composed of two porcelain crowns and one or more pontics, or artificial teeth. They can be made of porcelain or porcelain that is fused to metal and can often be placed in just two to three dental appointments.
At your initial appointment, our Culver City dental bridges expert will examine your teeth. Dental impressions will be taken before the abutment teeth, or the teeth upon which the crowns will be fitted, are prepared. If your bridge will be supported by dental implants rather than teeth, you will need to have the implants placed. After the teeth have been prepared, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect your teeth and conceal the gap.
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A dental laboratory will craft your new bridge, and you will return to have it placed. Our expert in dental bridges in Culver City will check the fit and appearance of the bridge before bonding it into place. In some cases, we may bond it temporarily to ensure the bite and fit are appropriate. After the bridge has been bonded permanently into place, you will be able to smile confidently once again.
Although your bridge cannot decay, the teeth underneath it will still be vulnerable and the gums may be prone to periodontal disease. Continue brushing your teeth two times a day and floss daily, paying particular attention to the area around the dental bridge. You may need to use a floss threader to ensure the area above the bridge is properly cleaned. Our Culver City dental bridges expert may recommend other maintenance practices to keep your bridge looking and feeling good for many years.
If you are missing one or more teeth, we can help. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with our Culver City dentist.