Dental bridges are fixed prosthetics that can be used to replace one or several missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, bridges are bonded to your own teeth or dental implants. Our Westlake Village dental bridges expert offers natural-looking dental bridges that can restore your smile.
If you are a candidate for dental bridges, our expert in dental bridges in Westlake Village will begin with an examination. You may be able to have either your own natural teeth or dental implants support the bridge. If you choose dental implants, they will need to be placed first before the bridge can be placed. If you choose your teeth to act as abutments, they will need to be prepared. During your initial exam, we may take dental X-rays to identify underlying structures and the health of the abutment teeth and dental impressions to create an accurate restoration.
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Our Westlake Village dental bridges expert will then need to prepare your teeth. The abutment teeth will need to be shaped and contoured before the crowns can be placed. Once your teeth are prepared, a temporary bridge will be placed. This bridge is designed to remain in place until your permanent bridge is ready to be bonded.
When a tooth is lost, the gap can lead to the remaining teeth rotating and shifting. This can increase the risk to tooth decay, gum disease and TMJ disorders. It can also lead to bone loss in the jaw, which can increase the risk of future tooth loss. Our expert in dental bridges in Westlake Village can use dental bridges to protect the spacing of your teeth and to restore the appearance of your smile.
A dental bridge can last many years when it is carefully maintained. Good oral hygiene is one of the most important ways to keep your dental bridge in place. Brush two times a day using fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. You may need to use a special tool called a floss threader to clean above and around the bridge. Visit us twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
Contact our dentist in Westlake Village today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.