Dental Bridges in Beverly Hills
People missing one or more teeth may notice the teeth surrounding the gap start to shift to accommodate the change in their bite. Missing teeth are a cosmetic and functional problem, and it’s best for your oral health to fill the space to prevent further changes and restore a full smile. A dental bridge attaches to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap and replaces the lost tooth with an artificial tooth (pontic). These devices may be used for one missing tooth or a row of lost teeth.
Dr. Steven Goldy has over 30 years of experience at the forefront of cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, and he has built an excellent reputation throughout Beverly Hills for superior results and a luxurious patient experience. Dr. Goldy uses healthier alternatives for dental bridges, such as porcelain, Emax and Zirconia, instead of traditional materials. Patient education and satisfaction are paramount to our dental team. We will walk you through your restorative dentistry options so you can make an informed decision about your oral health and smile appearance.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Bridges?
Your teeth, gums and jawbone rely on the constant pressure from adjacent teeth for proper function. One lost tooth can cause the dominos to fall, leading to more tooth loss and bone resorption. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge.
A dental bridge restores your bite and minimizes gum disease. However, you must have healthy teeth and gums before getting a dental bridge. Dr. Goldy may recommend periodontal treatment, tooth extraction, root canal therapy or other means to improve your oral health so we can move forward with replacing the missing tooth or teeth.
Some people may have missing teeth from a congenital condition, and a dental bridge can provide a complete smile.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
Missing teeth impact your appearance and dental health. You may have difficulty eating, speaking and chewing, and some foods may be off limits because they are challenging to consume. You may avoid showing your teeth due to embarrassment. A dental bridge restores your dental health and confidence in your smile.
A dental bridge improves bite problems, chewing challenges and pain caused by the added stress on the remaining teeth and jaw.
What Does the Dental Bridge Procedure Entail?
Several types of dental bridges are available, and the right solution for your missing teeth depends on your circumstances. A permanent fixed bridge involves cementing dental crowns on the adjacent teeth that hold the pontic in place. Implant-supported bridges use titanium posts to replace a missing tooth root to strengthen the jawbone and restore a complete set of teeth.
Removable bridges use metal clasps to attach to the teeth on either side of the gap. Cantilever bridges are used when there is a tooth on just one side of the empty space. A Maryland dental bridge may be the preferred choice for missing front teeth and uses wings to connect to the adjacent teeth.
The dental bridge procedure may take several appointments. The first visit prepares the teeth by removing enamel and dentin tissue. Dr. Goldy takes a mold impression of your teeth for a lab to construct the bridge and false tooth with precise detail. A temporary restoration protects the vulnerable teeth while the bridge is prepared.
Once the bridge is ready, you will come in for a second visit to cement the fixed bridge or install the removable bridge. Dr. Goldy has a mercury-free dental practice and uses high-quality, durable materials for dental restorations.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Good oral hygiene is critical to the longevity of your dental bridge — brush and floss as directed and come in for regular professional cleanings. Depending on the type of dental bridge, your results may last up to 10 years or longer with proper care.
Contact Dr. Steven Goldy in Beverly Hills
If you’re missing one or more teeth, schedule a dental exam with Dr. Goldy to see if a dental bridge is right for you. Call our Beverly Hills office at (310) 550-1511 or fill out our online contact form.