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Dental Bridge

Smile Perfector Dental Group -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Smile Perfector Dental Group

Cosmetic Dentists located near Carthay, Miracle Mile, and Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

If you have one or more missing teeth, there are several restoration options to choose from. Dental bridges are one option available from David Shouhed, DDS, and the team at Smile Perfector Dental Group serving Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile, and West Hollywood residents at the office in the Carthay neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Learn more about which approach is the best fit for your needs during a personalized consultation, which you can book online or by phone in just moments.

Dental Bridge Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a device used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of one or more pontics (prosthetic teeth), which form the visible portion of the bridge. Those pontics are held into place with a framework and anchored to surrounding natural teeth using dental crowns. 

Dental bridges can restore the appearance of your smile, which can help boost your self-esteem. Bridgework can also enable normal speaking and chewing functions. Bridges correct alignment issues and properly distribute the force in your bite. This helps prevent further damage to your remaining natural teeth.

What types of bridges are available?

There are multiple types of dental bridges available, and your dental team works to find the right solution to your specific set of needs. 

Traditional bridges

These bridges have one or more false teeth held into place by a crown on your natural teeth on each side of the gap. 

Cantilever bridges

This type of bridge is used when there is no natural tooth on one side of the bridge. This approach is not commonly used, as there are other options that deliver a more secure attachment. 

Maryland-bonded bridges

These bridges are anchored to your surrounding teeth using small porcelain or metal “wings”. This approach avoids the need for dental crowns.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Shouhed will discuss the pros and cons of all available options. You’ll have all the details you need to make an informed decision about your treatment plan. 

Why choose a dental bridge over dental implants?

There is no question that dental implants offer the most durable results when replacing one or more missing teeth. However, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. 

Some people lack sufficient bone tissue to anchor dental implants. Even bone grafting cannot create the proper framework for implants in some cases. Others have health issues that make dental implant surgery risky. Dental bridges offer the opportunity to restore your smile without an invasive surgical procedure. 

Cost can also be a motivating factor in choosing dental bridges over implants. Bridgework is usually more affordable than other options. With proper care, bridges can last for many years. 

If you are ready to learn more about your tooth replacement options, call Smile Perfector Dental Group to book a visit. Scheduling can be completed online or over the phone, so don’t delay.