Patients in North Hollywood ask, “What are dental bridges?”
Tooth loss is more than a cosmetic concern, affecting the way that you speak and eat as well as affecting the jawbone foundation that supports remaining teeth. Whether you are dealing with the loss of one or several teeth, there are several options to restore your smile and the function of your teeth, such as dental implants and dental bridges.
At A-Dental Center in North Hollywood, we offer a comprehensive selection of advanced dental care, from family and general dentistry, to cosmetic and restorative treatments, including dental bridges. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding dental bridges.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges, just as the name implies, span the gap that is created when a tooth or teeth are missing. They are false teeth, called pontics, which are anchored to remaining teeth or dental implants on either side with porcelain dental crowns.
Why consider a dental bridge?
A dental bridge can resolve several oral health care concerns, such as:
- Restore your healthy and aesthetically-appealing smile
- Prevent a caved-in appearance that can occur around the mouth after tooth loss
- Restore comfort and function when eating and speaking
- Balance the force of your bite
- Keep remaining teeth in proper position
What is involved?
There are several steps to obtaining a dental bridge, which may take several visits to A-Dental Center. They include:
- Consultation and development of a custom-designed treatment plan
- Preparation of the enamel on the abutment teeth, allowing space for the crowns to be placed
- Impressions of the mouth are taken to create a model which is sent to the professional dental lab
- Creation and placement of a temporary bridge
- Evaluation, placement, and adjustment of the new porcelain bridge
- Final bonding of dental bridge and crowns
Is a dental bridge permanent?
Dental bridges are not permanent but can last up to 15 years or longer with appropriate care and maintenance, including brushing, flossing, routine professional cleaning, and following a healthy diet.
For more information about how a dental bridge may restore your smile, contact Dr. Fadi Edmond Elzayat or Dr. Spartak Delakyan at A-Dental Center today for a complimentary consultation. Our state-of-the-art office is located at 11335 Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood, California. Appointments and consultations may be requested online or at 818-593-0700.