The Nightly Grind
What Is A Dental Bridge and When Do I Need One?
The last time you went to the dentist, he suggested that you needed a bridge between some of your teeth.
You had questions, but he was in a rush and didn’t offer you an opportunity to ask them. So, you’ve taken to the internet to find out all you need to know about bridges, and if they are the best option for you.
Bridging the Gap
A dental bridge does just what its name suggests: it creates a bridge in the space between two teeth where a tooth used to be.
Bridges are typically created with three crowns. One at each end, called abutments, that are affixed to your teeth to support the bridge, and one in the middle that replaces the missing tooth. The one in the middle floats just above your gum and aligns with the opposite teeth so that you don’t lose any chewing function.
A Complete Solution After All?
While a bridge will help keep your smile in tact and is a more cost-effective solution, it does not address all the problems associated with a missing tooth. The bone density of your jaw and alignment of your teeth will not be stable with a bridge treatment. It may take years, but you may eventually notice a gap or space under your bridge, between the pontic tooth and your gums.
Or you could consider getting a dental implant, which stabilizes both your new crown and the bone around it. But are you a candidate for treatment?
Whether you’re planning to have an implant or looking to replace bridgework, Dr. Amir Jamsheed is the Encino dentist you’re looking for. Not only does he offer years of experience in dental implants and restorations, but he also makes himself available to his patients for questions and consultations. Call today to schedule your next appointment!
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