Do Dental Bridges Look Like Natural Teeth?

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Dental bridges are a way to restore the look of your smile when you are missing one or more teeth. It is an alternative to dental implants that you and your dentists in Agoura Hills may prefer. If you are doing research before deciding if you would like a dental bridge, you may be wondering how close they will look to your real teeth in different aspects.

The similarity of dental bridges to your natural teeth is mainly due to the process in which they are made and applied. An expert in dental bridges in Agoura Hills will begin the process by taking digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth. They will then make a full dental mold. These will help ensure that your bridge is as close to a perfect fit and match as possible. Many dentists often take multiple impressions until they get one that is perfect. This will better create a bridge that fits well in your mouth and matches up with your gum line.

The color of your new tooth should match your others perfectly. Some dentists even add a shading effect for ultimate realism. Inform your dentist if you are planning to have a whitening after this procedure, as it is likely best your new appliance should match the brighter color.

Your bridge will also be fixed, meaning that it will be cemented into place. This means that not only will your bridge look like a natural part of your smile, but it will feel


Candidates for Dental Bridges

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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.

Cuáles son los puentes dentales utilizados para?

Los puentes dentales se utilizan para sustituir un diente que falta. Ellos mejoran en gran medida la funcionalidad de una persona que le falta un diente por lo que les permite comer y hablar correctamente con mayor facilidad.

Con el fin de estar en forma con un puente dental, los dientes que rodean el diente que falta en primer lugar tienen que estar preparados por nuestro dentista en Los Ángeles. Esto significa que tienen que ser reconfigurado para que las coronas dentales se pueden colocar sobre ellos. Un puente dental compuesto por dos coronas en cada extremo y un diente protésico conocido como una pieza intermedia situada en el centro. Una vez que se preparan los dientes vecinos, actúan como pilares que soportan la pieza intermedia. Una vez que se coloca el puente, que puede durar hasta quince años si se mantiene adecuadamente.

Además de mejorar la funcionalidad en el paciente, los puentes dentales también mejorar enormemente la estética de su sonrisa. También sirven para mantener mejor la forma de su cara. Un beneficio adicional es que impiden que los otros dientes se muevan fuera de posición con el fin de compensar la brecha que fue dejado por el diente que falta.

Si se echa en falta un diente, póngase en contacto con nuestro experto en puentes dentales en Los Ángeles para una consulta.

When Dental Bridges are Used


A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. In addition to improving the aesthetics of the smile, dental bridges serve to make eating and speaking easier when a patient has teeth that are missing.

In order for a dental bridge to be placed, our Northridge dentist must first prepare the teeth that are surrounding the missing tooth. The surrounding teeth are prepared by being reshaped so that they can be fit with crowns. These crowns are on each end of the bridge, with a prosthetic tooth located in between them. Once in place, the surrounding teeth act as abutments for the prosthetic tooth.

Having a bridge placed usually requires two visits to the dentist. The first visit is when your teeth are prepared for the bridge. Once the teeth are prepared, impressions of the teeth are taken. These impressions are sent to the dental laboratory where the bridge will be designed. In between appointments, the patient is normally fit with a temporary bridge until the permanent bridge is ready. On the second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be tested to make sure that it fits. Once our expert in dental bridges in Northridge is satisfied that the bridge properly fits, it is bonded into placed.

When are Dental Bridges Used for Tooth Replacement?

Dental implantIf your tooth loss is not catastrophic, meaning you do not require a partial or full denture or multiple implants, then our expert in dental bridges in Beverly Hills may recommend you have a dental bridge installed. This is one of the easiest terms in dentistry both to picture and implement, as a gap is being literally bridged.

To do this, the doctor will use existing teeth, those to either side of the void, as abutments. These teeth are first shaved, and then crowned to accommodate the pontic, or replacement tooth. Shaving the teeth alters them irreversibly, and their job has now changed. Abutment teeth are there to anchor the pontic, and ensure the gap, where the missing teeth were, does not lead to any complication.

Your pontic will be made from high-grade porcelain, which is used in most dental restorations today. This product looks utterly natural, and even mimics the tones and shades of your natural teeth.

Both dentists and patients like bridges for their reversibility, and for their relatively low cost. Note that bridges are reversible in that if a complication arises, crowns and pontics are easily replaced. What is not reversible is the work done to the abutment teeth, as enamel cannot be put back.

For more on ideal conditions for dental bridges, contact our dentist in Beverly Hills.

When Dental Bridges are a Better Option

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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.