Ever cross a bridge before? How about burn or build one by ending or mending relationships, respectively? Most of us have, but do you know anyone who wears a bridge – and I don’t mean Lady Gaga. It’s common knowledge that a bridge connects one point to another and the same goes for dental bridges. If you have a gap in your mouth, visit your local downtown Los Angeles dentist to build a connection to your teeth called a dental bridge.
Dental bridges are also called partial dentures, “pontics”, or dummy teeth (not opposite of wisdom teeth) in the fact that they replace missing teeth and anchor permanently to opposite teeth of the gap to complete your smile. The integral teeth holding your dental bridge in place are called abutment teeth. Like crowns, dental bridges are primarily manufactured from the same materials: gold, metal, resin (plastic), and porcelain fused to metal.
It’s not hard to realize who needs dental bridges. If you skip brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly, you can lose those chompers. But neglecting your natural teeth isn’t the end of the road to smile town. You can fill the gap in your mouth by asking your downtown Los Angeles dentist for a dental bridge.
The procedure usually takes 2 days. The dentist will make an impression of your existing teeth to build replacement ones. They may need to file your abutment teeth to make room for the bridge between them. From the time between your teeth are to when your replacement teeth are ready, you’ll most likely wear a temporary dental bridge.
Upon completion, the dentist will fuse the readied bridge to your abutment teeth with metal and send you on your way to their test run: an all you can eat buffet. I wish. But dental bridges act just like your natural teeth. They can last up to 10 years if you take good care of them. Mend the relationship with your mouth and build a bridge with your local downtown Los Angeles dentist today!