A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth and is made of abutments and a false tooth or teeth, called pontics. Most bridges are fixed, meaning they cannot be removed like a partial denture can. In areas of the mouth that are under less stress, such as the front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges, or Maryland bridges, are used to replace anterior, or front, teeth. They are minimally invasive but do have a reputation for failure. Having a bridge requires a commitment to serious oral hygiene and does carry risks. The average life of a bridge is about 10 years, similar to a crown. However, a bridge can easily last years longer with proper care, dental hygiene, and regular cleanings.
Dental Bridges in Northridge, CA
Who can benefit from a Dental Bridge
Any patient missing a tooth or several teeth in a row could significantly improve their quality of life with a bridge.
Why choose a Dental Bridge
Not only do many patients feel embarrassed about missing a tooth, but missing teeth also pose a risk to your oral health, especially when they are not replaced. The teeth surrounding the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth will eventually shift to fill in the space. This will cause problems with spacing and alignment and will also cause otherwise healthy teeth to become loose and eventually even fall out. As you might imagine, shifting and loose teeth make it harder to chew and are also far more prone to decay and infection.
A bridge fills in the gap left behind by missing teeth so that your remaining teeth stay in place and stay healthy. A dental bridge also looks completely natural, so that you can smile and speak with confidence.
Contact Northridge Dental Group if you are interested in learning more about dental bridges and whether you might be a candidate. We are happy to go over all the benefits with you and help you decide if getting a dental bridge is the best option for your lifestyle.