At Concierge Dental Spa in Los Angeles, Dr. Zarrin Golshani will create a customized treatment plan to make your smile complete and functional again.
Whenever you drive across a bridge, you're being supported by the same principles that support a dental bridge. Crowned teeth on either side of a space are called abutments. They support an artificial tooth, called a pontic.
Not many years ago, losing a tooth left you with few options for replacement. While permanent teeth should provide a lifetime of function, it doesn't always end up that way. They may be lost from an accident, decay, or gum disease. Since teeth start as a full set, even one missing tooth may affect the whole makeup of your mouth's delicate balance. As teeth slowly lean and migrate, wear and cracking from excessive forces often create escalating problems.
When it's time to replace missing teeth, whether it's one or a full set, several options might be available to you. A dental bridge often gives you the best opportunity to enjoy normal chewing and a full smile, although other options deserve consideration.