If you are missing between one and three teeth due to serious trauma, severe erosion, or other damage, then your Beverly Hills dentist may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. A dental bridge is an appliance that is designed to feel, look, and function like your normal teeth. The artificial tooth or teeth are traditionally made out of a fusion of porcelain and a small amount of metal. Other types of bridges are made of gold, gold alloys, and/or ceramics. The artificial teeth are attached to crowns on either end, and those crowns are attached to your natural teeth on either end.
Those qualified for dental bridges include those who:
• Are missing between one and three consecutive teeth
• Otherwise have sufficient oral and overall health
• Do not have gum disease
• Have strong and healthy teeth on either side of the area in question, in order to support the appliance
• Have good jawbone density
Those who suffer from periodontitis, a severe gum disease, must be treated for it before continuing on with getting a dental bridge. Those who do not have good jawbone density can choose to undergo a bone grafting procedure to remedy the problem.
For more information, contact our expert in dental bridges in Beverly Hills.