Elegant Solution to the Serious Issue of Tooth Loss
At NH Dentistry in Beverly Hills, the team led by Dr. Neil Hadaegh, DDS, is committed to providing comprehensive dental solutions to restore your smile and improve your oral health. Dental bridges are one of the most effective treatments offered to replace missing teeth and restore the function, aesthetics, and confidence of your smile. Here, we delve into the world of dental bridges, explaining what they are, their benefits, the consultation process, the procedure, expected results, and aftercare.
As the name indicates, a bridge is a link or connection between two permanent structures. Likewise, a dental bridge attaches the restorative teeth to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Those restored teeth are the actual bridge. This bridge acts as your new tooth or teeth, as the case may be, closing the gap, restoring your smile, and returning your mouth to its proper alignment. Dr. Hadaegh and his Master ceramist only use metal-free ceramics when constructing a bridge. This ensures that the bridge will support the normal functions of the mouth and will result in an unbroken, natural, and youthful-looking smile.
A Confident Smile Begins Here
If you are missing teeth, it’s essential to replace them. Most people don’t realize this, but replacement is necessary in order to maintain proper mouth functions. Tooth loss can affect the way you eat and speak and the alignment of other teeth in your mouth. Said another way, replacing lost teeth can prevent the collapse of your facial features, which can result in premature age lines and wrinkles. A bridge is one of the few options you have when deciding how to deal with a missing tooth or teeth.
A Seamless Experience
There are three main types of bridges.
Traditional bridges, or fixed bridges, involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic, or false tooth, in between. These are the most common types of bridges. Dr. Hadaegh uses only porcelain.
Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or Maryland bridge) are used primarily on front teeth. This is usually the most economical choice when the abutment teeth are healthy and have no large fillings. Bridges are designed of porcelain, and the gums are supported by a metal framework. Essentially, metal “wings” are bonded to your existing teeth on each side of the bridge.
Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. In this case, the pontic is anchored to one side over one or more natural, adjacent teeth. If there are no adjacent teeth, Dr. Hadaegh might recommend a dental implant – a metal post that is surgically embedded into the bone and then capped with a crown. This implant can then serve as the abutment.
Expert Dental Bridges by Neil Hadaegh, DDS
The journey to a restored smile begins with a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Neil Hadaegh at NH Dentistry. During this appointment, Dr. Hadaegh will examine your oral health, assess the condition of your remaining teeth, and discuss your goals and expectations. He will determine if dental bridges are the right solution for you and tailor a treatment plan to address your specific needs. For personalized answers to your questions about dental bridges and how they can improve your oral health and quality of life, schedule a consultation with Dr. Neil Hadaegh at NH Dentistry in Beverly Hills. Our expert team is dedicated to providing you with the best dental solutions tailored to your unique needs.
About the Procedure
The procedure begins with the preparation of the natural teeth, or “abutments” in dental speak. Dr. Hadaegh will shape the abutment teeth so that the ends of the bridge will fit comfortably on each one. Next, he takes a scan of the area. He sends the scan to his master ceramist, where your new restoration will be crafted. While this new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Dr. Hadaegh is known for his care in creating temporary restorations that closely resemble your natural teeth so you can go about your daily life without a second’s worry over a missing or unattractive tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. This bridge will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new bridge feels exactly like your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the bridge into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
A Long-Lasting and Natural Look
After the dental bridge procedure, you will notice immediate improvements in the appearance of your smile and the restoration of your chewing functionality. The dental bridge will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing result. Your ability to speak, chew, and smile confidently will be restored, enhancing your overall quality of life.
Caring for Your Bridge
While there might be a short adjustment period, most patients adapt quickly to their dental bridges. Proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, is essential to maintain the longevity of your bridge. Avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods that could potentially damage the bridge or its attachments. With proper care, dental bridges can last for many years, providing long-lasting benefits to your oral health and quality of life.
When you have a bridge, it is more important than ever to brush, floss, get regular cleanings, and see your dentist regularly. If you don’t control the buildup of food debris and plaque—which is the sticky film of bacteria formed from food acids–your teeth and gums can become infected, requiring further treatment and resulting in the possible loss of the bridge. Dr. Hadaegh might also recommend using floss threaders that help remove bacteria from hard-to-reach spaces between the bridge and adjacent teeth and gums.
Yes, dental bridges are a suitable option for individuals with missing teeth. During a consultation with Dr. Neil Hadaegh at NH Dentistry, your oral health and specific needs will be evaluated to determine if dental bridges are the right solution for you.
The longevity of dental bridges depends on factors such as oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and the materials used. With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last for many years, contributing to your long-term oral health and well-being.
Dental bridges are custom-designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking appearance. The artificial teeth (pontics) are carefully crafted to blend in with your existing teeth, providing a cosmetically pleasing result.
Some patients may experience minor discomfort or sensitivity after getting dental bridges. However, this usually subsides within a few days to a few weeks. Dr. Neil Hadaegh and the team at NH Dentistry will provide you with guidelines on managing any post-procedure discomfort and ensuring a smooth recovery.
Yes, dental bridges can significantly improve speech and eating difficulties caused by missing teeth. By restoring the functionality of your teeth and addressing gaps in your smile, dental bridges enhance your ability to speak clearly and eat comfortably, improving your overall quality of life.
Proper care for your dental bridges involves maintaining good oral hygiene practices. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential to ensure the longevity of your bridge. Additionally, avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods that could potentially damage the bridge. Dr. Neil Hadaegh will provide you with specific aftercare instructions tailored to your needs.
Yes, dental bridges can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. Depending on your individual case, Dr. Neil Hadaegh will determine the most appropriate treatment plan to restore your smile and oral function using dental bridges.
Both dental bridges and dental implants are effective solutions for replacing missing teeth. During your consultation at NH Dentistry, Dr. Neil Hadaegh will evaluate your oral health, discuss your goals, and recommend the best treatment option based on your specific needs and preferences.
While dental bridges are durable, it's advisable to avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods that could potentially damage the bridge or its attachments. Dr. Neil Hadaegh will provide you with dietary guidelines to help you maintain the integrity of your dental bridges.
Yes, dental bridges can significantly improve self-confidence by restoring your smile and addressing gaps left by missing teeth. With a complete and aesthetically pleasing smile, you'll feel more confident in social interactions and daily activities.
Schedule a consultation with premier Beverly Hills Dentist Neil N. Hadaegh, DDS. Your best smile calls for genuine care, personalized treatment, state-of-the-art technology, and expert precision. Contact us to design, achieve, and maintain your best smile in Beverly Hills with the help of renowned dentist Dr. Neil N. Hadaegh.
8920 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 625, Beverly Hills, CA 90211