Due to problems associated with lost or missing teeth, it is important to have them replaced as soon as possible. If a missing tooth goes untreated, it can lead to issues with your oral hygiene, your bite distribution, and issues with gum destabilization and teeth drifting out of position. To combat this, consider the use of a prosthetic device such as a dental bridge.
Dental bridges, also referred to as fixed partial dentures, are prosthetic devices made of metal or porcelain. Dental bridges are extremely durable and can provide decades of support. Unlike other treatments that may require the use of a strong jawbone or gums, dental bridges are directly anchored to other nearby teeth to not only hold them in place but to also minimize the need for any food restrictions. Dental bridges will hold solid, so you can once again enjoy tough or chewy foods such a steak.
With a dental bridge in place, you can help re-establish your facial structure and improve any issues with your speech or your ability to chew or eat food that may have been hindered due to lost or missing teeth. Dental bridges can also provide space maintenance and help restore bite stability.
To upgrade your smile with dental bridges, you are welcome to schedule a visit with Santa Monica Bay Dental in Santa Monica, California. If you would like Dr. Brett Lent and our team to bring you in for an oral exam or professional cleaning, please call our dental office at 310-453-8606.