Dental bridges are essentially a type of partial denture that is securely fixed to abutments, which can either be your own natural teeth or dental implants. If you are missing one or several teeth, our Hawthorne dental bridges dentist may recommend a dental bridge.
Traditional bridges consist of pontics that are supported by crowns, which are placed on each side of the gap. They can last seven years or longer, particularly when they and the underlying teeth are well-maintained. In most cases, this type of bridge is made from porcelain. However, some may also be made of porcelain that is fused to metal. Our expert in dental bridges in Hawthorne may recommend two to three dental visits to plan, design, prepare, and place the bridge.
Dental Bridges Hawthorne
At your first appointment, our Hawthorne dental bridges dentist will examine your teeth and gums to make sure that you are a candidate for a bridge. Dental X-rays and impressions may be taken. The abutment teeth need to be strong and healthy; a root canal treatment may be needed if there is concern about their long-term health and stability. These teeth will need to be shaped before the bridge can be secured to them. Because the dental bridge is made in a dental laboratory, we will fit you with a temporary bridge to keep you comfortable and maintain your smile while you wait for your final restoration.
Once your bridge is ready, our expert in dental bridges in Hawthorne will bond it into place with dental cement. This keeps the bridge securely in place so that you can bite, chew, and talk comfortably and without having to worry about slipping or clicking. While bridges can last many years, they do require special care. Brushing and flossing is critical to keep cavities from forming on the supporting teeth. Use a special floss threader to thread the floss between the gums and the bridge so that you can clean all around it. Brush after meals, and floss once a day. Give us a call today to learn more about available restorations or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Hawthorne.