Bridges

Bridges

Although your goal may be to maintain your smile for life, accidents, trauma and poor oral hygiene can lead to one or more teeth going missing. When you have lost a tooth, one of the most important steps to take is to find a restorative treatment option. Replacing your teeth as soon as possible will ensure that your remaining teeth do not shift and that your bite alignment remains intact.

You have several options to consider when restoring your smile. The procedure you choose will often depend on the particular tooth (or teeth) that you have lost, your timeframe, budget and cosmetic goals. Dr. Kohani will help you learn more about the treatment methods available and allow you to choose the process that works for you.

Dental bridges are just one solution that can replace one or more missing teeth and keep your bite position in line. Based on the particular characteristics you exhibit, you may find that a dental bridge will provide the restorative method you need.

What Is a Bridge?

A bridge is a dental prosthetic that fills a gap left by a missing tooth. By attaching to either two natural teeth or metal implants, the technique quite literally bridges the gap in between two teeth.

The replacement tooth (called a pontic) hinges onto the abutment teeth, creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing result that looks completely natural, especially since the restoration is stained to match your existing teeth.

The bridge that you receive will be cemented into place, allowing you to chew, speak and smile just as you normally would. The goal of restorative dental treatment is to provide a lasting solution that not only improves your oral health but also your quality of life.

Is a Bridge Right for You?

An appointment with Dr. Kohani will help you determine whether a bridge is the right option for you. You may also consider dental implants or a partial denture, but the treatment you choose will depend on many factors.

A dental bridge will benefit you if you have been missing one or more teeth for an extended period of time. Without a natural tooth in place to support your jaw, the bone will begin to atrophy, which will make a dental implants procedure more complicated.

Bridges are also useful if they are placed between teeth that require large fillings or crowns. Because the abutment teeth will already require prepping, setting a bridge will only enhance your surrounding teeth.

Dr. Kohani will walk you through the different procedures that are available for restoring missing teeth. He will also perform an examination to gain a better idea of what your dentition could benefit from specifically. Receiving a bridge now will ensure that your teeth and jaws maintain their structure and health. A bridge can also provide a stepping stone that allows you to receive additional cosmetic or orthodontic treatment.

If you would like more information about dental bridges, or to find out whether the procedure is right for you, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-622-1007 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohani.