Dental Bridges – Torrance, CA
Fill the Gaps in Your Smile
A missing tooth or several missing teeth don’t only look unappealing—they also can cause serious consequences for the remaining teeth in your mouth. Just one missing tooth can adversely affect your bite—what we call the occlusion—causing other teeth to drift out of their proper positions, and may even lead to symptoms of a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. The troubles don’t end there either! A missing tooth can lead to all sorts of different issues
Why Choose Blue Coast Dental Group for Dental Bridges?
- Quality Materials for Natural Appearance
- In-Network Dental Coverage
- Saturday Appointments Available
What is a Dental Bridge?
As the name suggests, a dental bridge bridges the gap where your tooth is missing. Typically, a bridge will replace anywhere from one to four teeth in a row. A bridge is comprised of two crowns and a number of “pontics.” The crowns will be anchored onto your adjacent teeth or dental implants (depending on the type of bridge you get). This restoration can be made from a variety of durable materials depending on where the bridge is needed in your mouth.
Types of Dental Bridges
The style of dental bridge that you need depends on the location and number of missing teeth your have. Here are the ones that are available:
Traditional Dental Bridges
For those who still have healthy teeth on either side of the gap that needs to be filled in, a traditional bridge is often the ideal option. The teeth that support the crowns are called “abutment teeth.” They are altered slightly so the bridge will fit comfortably in your mouth. Usually, this restoration can be placed in just a few visits.
If you don’t have any healthy adjacent teeth, you could opt for an implant bridge. This type of bridge uses surgically implanted metal posts, also known as dental implants, as an alternative. Implants can be used when there are three or more missing teeth in a row. Implant bridges tend to last longer than traditional bridges, and they can help to prevent bone loss over time.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
Here are some benefits that you can experience when you choose a dental bridge to replace the tooth that you lost:
- Prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting around
- Improves your overall confidence and self-esteem
- Allows for easier, more thorough chewing
- Improves speech articulation
- Lowers the risk of oral health issues
- Cost-effective tooth replacement option