Dental bridges can be a good choice to replace missing teeth if a patient is missing one or two of them. A dental bridge is a restoration that is secured into your mouth by using surrounding teeth to support it. Our dentist in West Hollywood can help you decide if a dental bridge is right for you.
All dental treatments, including dental bridges, have benefits and drawbacks associated with them. Bridges are generally recommended when the teeth adjacent to the gap are strong and healthy enough to support the prosthetic tooth. These teeth will need to be cut down so that the porcelain crowns of the bridge can be placed over them. This keeps the teeth properly positioned, and reduces the risk of shifting or tilting as a result of the bone loss which may occur after a tooth is extracted. The lifespan of a bridge is about 10 to 12 years depending on how it is maintained. A replacement may be needed if the supporting teeth have been compromised by decay. Bridges can also be supported by dental implants.
A bridge may be a better option than dental implants for anyone who is not considered a candidate for dental implants. Also, a bridge can oftentimes be a more comfortable and convenient replacement than dentures. Call us today to learn more about tooth restorations or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental bridges in West Hollywood.