Dental bridges are a type of restoration that fit in the gap left behind by one or more lost teeth. They are supported by dental implants or abutment teeth. A bridge consists of the prosthetic tooth or teeth attached to dental crowns, and the crowns are bonded to the abutments. Our Huntington Beach dental bridges expert can help you decide if dental crowns are right for you.
A lost tooth can leave an unsightly gap in your smile and increase the risk of misalignments or dental disease. Our expert in dental bridges in Huntington Beach may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile and your ability to speak and eat properly. Bridges also help distribute the bite forces evenly, which reduces wear and tear on your teeth, and they help keep your teeth properly spaced and aligned. Several types of bridges are available, but porcelain or porcelain fused to metal bridges are the most common.
Dental Bridges Huntington Beach
If you are a candidate for a dental bridge, our Huntington Beach dental bridges expert will first prepare the abutments. A local anesthetic will numb the treatment area, and the teeth will be contoured to make room for the crowns. We will take dental impressions that will be used by the dental laboratory that will mill your new crown. While you wait, we will place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and your smile. The permanent bridge can be bonded to your abutment teeth once it is ready, but some patients may need additional adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.
The average lifespan of a bridge is about seven years, but you may be able to enjoy a longer lifespan for yours by taking appropriate precautions. Good dental hygiene is critical. Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, and floss carefully around the bridge. Floss threaders can help you get above and around the bridge to remove plaque and bacteria. Biannual checkups with our expert in dental bridges in Huntington Beach and professional cleanings will also help keep your dental health on track. Give us a call today to learn more about dental bridges and other restorations or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach.